Sunderland People First have been awarded funding from the Community Led Local Development European Social Fund (ESF) to carry out an exciting new project which aims to promote and support social inclusion for people with learning disabilities/autism or both.

The Sunderland Community Led Local Development Programme (CLLD) is a five year programme aimed at stimulating the local economy to deliver jobs and economic growth by supporting activity that addresses local needs and opportunities.  Funded with the help of £3.05m of European Structural and Investment Funds and a further £2.75m match funding, the programme will deliver wide ranging social and economic benefits in the areas being targeted by supporting activities designed to enhance people’s skills and employment prospects, boost enterprise and entrepreneurship and improve community capacity, partnership working and social innovation.

Awareness and training sessions will be held on issues which affect people with learning disabilities and autism to keep people safe and build up their confidence to be more involved in their communities.

The project is a set of courses including Hate and Mate Crime training.  Personal Assistant training, Protect Yourself and others, Confidence Building and Valuing Difference.  The training sessions will look at issues from the viewpoint of the person with a learning disability/autism, and will be delivered to people with a learning disability/autism, professionals and the community.  It will be targeted at specific areas within Sunderland.  Please see Map here to see if you are in one of the eligible areas.

If you have a learning disability and/or autism or are a professional wanting to find out more, and are interested in attending any of our courses, please get in touch by telephoning 0191 521 4123 or emailing us at info@sunderlandpeoplefirst.com