Outwards purpose is to support people who face challenges in life due to disability, age, health or life circumstances, to be as independent as possible and to live full active lives in their local communities.
We measure our impact by the positive outcomes people achieve with our support and how we reach those most in need of our services. Last year, of the people who wanted to achieve better outcomes in the following areas, our services helped:
95% of people improved independence and/or reduced reliance on paid support
91% of people improved access to education, employment and training
98% of people we who wanted to, became more participants in their local community
93% of people improved their ability to manage their finances
95% improved their health and well-being
76% of people supported by Outward had an Annual Health Check.
We are also really proud that, through great partnership work and a clear focus on our values of ‘engaging, enabling and empowering’ we have been able to develop new services which have, and continue to change people’s lives.
Developing new homes for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
In partnership with Newlon Housing Trust we renovated a former sheltered scheme into a bright, modern supported living service with on-site activity club for younger people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The eight flats provide accessible living and a home in which people can develop and grow. Many of the tenants were previously living in housing not accessible to their needs.
For Richard* this meant finally moving back to his home borough of Hackney after many years living away in residential school in the North of England. Despite previously needing high levels of staffing to help manage his complex behaviours Richard now is engaging in lots of activities in the community, developing skills in his flat and enjoying life.
Our respite breaks at our holiday complex in Nutley Edge have been not only giving carers a rest from their caring roles but also providing the person attending to have fun, making friends and experience new things. At the end of 2019 we received essential funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and community donations which meant we could offer more breaks to people who have been so negatively impacted by coronavirus.
Our breaks provide a significant respite from loneliness and isolation and give families, who have been caring for their loved ones with disabilities a desperately needed break from caring duties.
People with a learning disability can face extreme levels of social isolation and loneliness; they are seven times more likely to feel lonely than the general population. Hearing this first hand from people we support and their families prompted us to want to do something to help. That’s why we were delighted to join forces with University College London to recruit local people to become be-frienders for people with learning disabilities as part of a pilot study on the impact on volunteers supported on people’s well-being. The research pilot enabled us to connect people who were feeling lonely to a volunteer and the impact has been overwhelmingly positive and new friendships forged.
Award winning accomplishments
I’m happier and I feel on top of the world
Over the 2 years that M has lived in Supported living at Outward, he’s experienced a real transformation in every area of his life. He regularly attends a gym which caters for those with learning disabilities and he’s lost a lot of weight in the process which has helped him improve his mobility. He has completed several courses including Independent Living, Maths and Gardening. He loves horror movies and regularly travels abroad, just in 2019 he travelled to Ireland, Disneyland and Malta and he regularly attends and gives back to his church and other projects he cares about. M has won a few awards because of his accomplishments and has really grown in his confidence. He says “I’m happier and I feel on top of the world”
You can learn more about our supported living services by clicking the link below.