Learning Disability Services

New Dawn is a service for people with learning disabilities and/or complex needs.
There is a diverse array of opportunities and everyone has their own individual timetable which enables people to be in charge of their personal development and progression.

The service supports young people to embrace the various activities in their community, encouraging positive inclusion and building confidence and awareness.

New Dawn aims to foster the sense of community and friendship, providing safe, stimulating and enjoyable experiences for those who attend. In presenting the vital opportunity to meet with others and improving life choices, the young people are empowered to live life to the full.

New Dawn is open 52 weeks of the year (except for Public Bank Holidays) at the following times.

Time: Monday – Friday 9 am to 3.30 pm

Activities

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Our members are encouraged to access courses provided by Tower Hamlets Life Long Learning at the Idea Stores throughout the borough.

Everyone is encouraged to gain life skills and promote a greater independence. At the centre we teach numeracy and literacy at different levels in our large IT suite.

Qualified tutors deliver zumba, music, dance, aerobics, drama and sports sessions.

We attend regular booked sports sessions, such as badminton, rebound therapy, hydrotherapy, disability sports, disability swimming, men’s spa days, fitness sessions etc. We participate in sporting events organised by the borough and other agencies, as well as accredited sports training opportunites. Our members have won medals and trophies as well as interacting with other services and forming new friendships.

Many of our members attend work training schemes such as customer service and created their CV’s, gaining work experience placements.

Outcome

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There have been several Artists in residence who have bought along a variety of ideas and themes and worked on them with the young people. One person was invited to present her work to other students at the UEL. Our members took part in a training session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Epic Arts delivered a two day project based on sound and movement.
Ten students have achieved certificates in Food Safety Level 2. Six young people worked alongside a design engineer from the RIX Centre from UEL building a prototype sensory board. We have also been involved with testing the Books Beyond Words website; evaluating the accessibility for the Rix Centre.

New Dawn get involved in local Learning Disability issues and had a role in the filming of Personalised Budgets, the Learning Disability Big Health Day and LD self-assessment framework for the NHS, as part of the Six Lives Panel work.

Through forum meetings, the young people discuss ideas and make requests for activities and events. We, at New Dawn try to expedite their requirements in enabling them to make decisions and shape their own lives.