Spiral was originally established in February 2000 to help provide recreational and social activities for people with learning disabilities in Brighton and Hove. We found that most provisions for our would-be clients were to be found in family or care home settings, or day-care centres, and there were little opportunities for them to take a greater participation in the life of the community. We also found that the diversity and range of services available to disabled people was severely limited.
Aims & Objectives
The Charity's objects are for the benefits of people with learning disability in Sussex, to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation and to enable sucj persons to participate fully in the community.
"I am better than No one and No one is better than me"
Our key areas
The work we do has a massive impact on both the quality of life of our participants, and upon their carers, and families who also benefit from the respite. Having an active social life greatly improves the positive aspects of people's general health and wellbeing and helps reduce ailments and social problems, such as: mental health, depression, isolation, poor diets, obesity, ... Spiral also gains a different insight in to people's lives and we can raise safeguarding & welfare issues early on
Supporting 400+ people/week
We work with other 400 people a week with a broad spectrum of learning and physical difficulties including autism, Asperger's, downs syndrome, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, etc... We also work across a broad age range from 16 to 90 plus. Our participants come from both family and residential care homes, & people living independently.
7 days per week - 52 weeks per year
Spiral operates 7 days a week, day and night, across Brighton & Hove and surrounding districts. We have regular participants from as far afield as Seaford and Eastbourne to the east, and west across to Worthing.
Mentoring, Inclusion, Empowerment & Leadership
Spiral involves and mentors users to empower them to help lead and develop the broad range of activities, so that there is something to suit everybody's needs. Without these unique services, disabled people in the area would be unable to take part productively in the community, and they would be unable to pursue their hobbies and interests. As a result, many would have little social life, or work training experience.