Our Hope Community Day Programme provides a service to adults with Cerebral Palsy who are severely physically and intellectually disabled and for whom no other facilities exist.
While the programme is open to all adults with severe physical and intellectual disabilities it is specifically aimed at school leavers with cerebral palsy from schools for Learners with Special Educational Needs who are not admitted to Protective Workshops for People with Disabilities as a result of their low levels of physical, conceptual and practical functioning. These school leavers are generally relegated to their family homes after spending between 10 and 12 years in the school system. Remaining at home means that they experience social isolation which often leads to further disability and they are also exposed to security risks as they are often at home alone without care when family members are working. families. The project was initiated to provide these school leavers with an opportunity to participate in meaningful occupational activities and to socialise with their peers.
Due to the severity of the disabilities of the adults attending the programme, the activities presented are individualised for each member in accordance with their functional ability and are selected by an occupational therapist. Through participation in the occupational and socialisation activities in the programme they learn new skills which contributes to their health and well- being and prevent regression of their disabilit