Inspire Me: Community Impact Projects
Community Impact Projects are designed to support young people with a learning disability to:
- become an active part of their community, promoting awareness and understanding while creating opportunities for themselves and others
- build team work,social, communication and project management skills
- increase their awareness of local communities, citizenship, advocacy, politics and choice
Projects come in all shapes and sizes, there is no set formula. The most important thing about the projects is that they are set up and run by young people with the support of their school, college or local community. Giving ownership of the project to young people aims to increase commitment and ensure ideas and skills are developed on their own terms.
The community within which the project is set can be defined in many different ways. For example it could be people in the same geographical area like a school or village, alternatively it could be people who face a common issue such as bullying.
To date Community Impact projects in Northern Ireland have covered anything from planting window boxes for a local nursing home to producing an educational DVD, visits to a local Nursing Home to sing Christmas Carols and chat with residents, organising beach cleans, bake sales and bring and buy sales, delivering workshops on bullying and on the importance of looking after our local environment.