Making a Difference
Supporting adults with a learning disability
At St Paul’s Centre we are committed to helping adults with learning disabilities to engage and be an integral part of a working environment, ensuring that appropriate individual support is given to achieve this. We are committed to providing an individualised approach, through bespoke programmes of engagement built around practical responsibilities and activities that currently take place within the centre. The nature of our work involves high levels of team work and cooperation as well as opportunity to develop skills related to practical responsibilities.
How are the placements funded?
Due to significant changes in funding over the last 12 months we no longer receive a direct budget from the council to provide our placements. Individuals now use their individual budget to pay an hourly rate of £14.20. Eligibility for this is assessed by Social Services. If however, you are not eligible private payment can be arranged.
Aiming for employability
The spirit of St Paul’s Centre is all about people transformation through engagement in practical activities. We stimulate an internal change of attitude which generates hope in a future yet undiscovered and confidence in reaching towards it. Through a process of engaging people in work based activities we create many opportunities for individuals to move away from supported placements with the hope of a sustainable independent way of working.
What could I do if I came to Paul’s Centre?
- Furniture Project– One of the main roles of the charity is to provide second hand furniture to those in need and for sale to the public. Furniture is collected in our vans, unloaded, cleaned and stored in specific areas in the centre.
- Cycle Project– We repair second hand bikes and prepare them for sale. This involves dismantling, cleaning, replacing and fixing bike parts.
- Office Work– We have a main office where administrative tasks are carried out such as preparing leaflets or labels, photocopying, stock checking and laminating.
- St Paul’s Pantry (Crewe Food Bank) –Food is donated from the local community, sorted, stored and bagged for delivery to clients who are referred to us through a number of agencies.
- Sales Floor– Every Friday the centre holds a Furniture Sale which is open to the public from 9.30am – 2.00pm. Assistance is needed to prepare the sales floor, including cleaning, sorting, displaying and pricing bric-a-brac items, clothing, books and toys.
- Workshops – There is an additional opportunity to develop academic skills such as computer literacy, numeracy, literacy, life skills and crafts.
I am interested in joining the team at St Paul’s Centre – what should I to do next?
- Ring us and ask to speak to Rob Wykes (CEO) or Alexia Stockton (Development Coordinator for Vulnerable Adults) to arrange a tour of the centre and to meet the team.
- Taster Session – After your initial visit if you are still interested in commencing a placement with us, we offer a taster session of 1 to 2 hours to come to the centre and participate in a range of projects. This will ensure that you are making an informed choice about joining our team.
- Personnel Form and Individual Plan – once you have confirmed your desire to begin a placement with us we will ask you to complete a detailed Personnel Form. From this we will create an Individual Plan that will be based upon your aspirations, interests and skills that you would like to develop. Eligibility for an individual budget will have been assessed and payment agreed.
- Weekly feedback – When your placement is underway we will ask you for weekly feedback on how you are finding the placement and make changes if necessary. Every six months we will carry out a review with you, your parents, carers and members of our staff to ensure that your role is suited to your needs, to plan for development of new skills and help you map your future journey.
St Paul’s Cafe
In October 2016 with the support of Cheshire East Participatory Budget fund and Crewe Town Council we opened a cafe at St Paul’s Centre on Fridays only starting at 9.30 am. It is a wonderful place for a cuppa and slice of toast. But more importantly some of our young adults serve with enthusiasm and fun.