Breaking down barriers in the local community Adults with disabilities will be empowered to speak up for their rights and make better life choices, thanks to support from two new posts at Teamwork Trust. Engagement Officers, Tanya Casey and Kizzy Minter will be working on the Northamptonshire charity’s ambitious ‘Reaching Communities’ project, which was set up with a £500,000 three-year National Lottery grant in September 2018. Former social care assessor Tanya explains how she is looking forward to working closely with Teamwork’s service-users – adults with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough – to support them in all aspects of their social care needs. “Our work will be to help service-users overcome barriers so that they have more choice, control and inclusion in the local community,” said Tanya. “We will be developing individual reviews and progression plans to help them become responsible for their own decision-making – something that many of us take for granted. This might be developing simple ways for them to become more self-sufficient in accessing community support; helping them to understand benefits, assisting them with housing association applications or public transport support for example. I feel very passionate that this kind of work enhances wellbeing and makes a real difference to individuals and the local community, which is why this role will be so rewarding.” Former Teamwork apprentice Kizzy has been promoted into the new role. She added: “I am so pleased that Teamwork believed in me enough to give me this new opportunity. It will be different to anything I have done before but in a good way. To be able to develop new ways for members to self-advocate is an exciting prospect, and I will be working to ensure that members are more involved in the running of Teamwork too. I can’t wait to start working with groups and individuals to review where we are at and look at areas where we can begin to offer support. I feel very excited to be working on such an influential project.” More on the 'Reaching Communities' project HERE.