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Many of the people that OpenStoryTellers support are not able to get out and about and take part in activities as they usually would. This is having a significant impact on people’s physical and mental health, as they find themselves isolated at home.
OpenStoryTellers’ new Outreach support is designed to keep people safe while enabling continued friendships and opportunity.
OpenStoryTellers help people to find their voice and use it. Stories are what make us human, they help us to make sense of the world, make friends and take part in society. OpenStoryTellers is a community arts charity in the heart of Frome, supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.
OpenStoryTellers wanted to develop new Outreach support, focusing on people with learning disabilities and autism who are not able to access OpenStoryTellers or the community in person. The Outreach support provides an essential lifeline.
Together we supported up to 20 people with learning disabilities and autism, and benefitted an additional 20 family carers and supporters through the Outreach service.
During ‘normal’ times, people with learning disabilities or autism experience worse health outcomes than non-disabled people. According to recent figures from Public Health England, people with learning disabilities are much more likely to die or experience serious illness as a result of Covid-19.
OpenStoryTellers supports people to make sense of the world around them, solve problems, make choices and advocate for themselves.