How we help Community activities Wellbeing GLADS Day Centre GLADS - Guideposts Day Opportunities Service was established 8 years ago in support of adults with learning disabilities living in and around Witney. The service offers a menu of opportunities and activities individuals can choose from to ensure their weekdays are busy, enjoyable and productive. GLADS main aim is to help individuals realise their potential, build confidence, self-worth and develop supportive social networks within the learning disability and wider communities, helping them feel valued and included in their community. The service is based on the Two Rivers Estate in Witney. It runs Monday to Friday and offers a range of different activities including: sports and fitness, music, craft, photography, gardening, IT use, shopping, cooking, reading the News, managing social and health care issues and much more. Everyone who uses the service has a say in what activities are planned and have access to a minibus to help them get out and about. I really like it here. Not too many people and not too noisy. Enough for me to enjoy being with other people away from home and doing different things (User) What sort of things do we do? Some examples of activities enjoyed by current GLADS members include: * Sport and movement at the local leisure centre, including: football, aerobics, boccia, and racket sports * Music therapy * Shopping, cooking, and cleaning up afterwards * Gardening at our purpose built therapeutic garden * Supported computer use * Art and photography projects * Training and support with social and health care issues * Wii sport and fitness On his behalf, I can tell you that he loves coming to GLADS. He feels relaxed, happy and has gained so much confidence. He is able to make appropriate choices and knows which activities he enjoys like sport, music, games and socialising within the group. He also loves going out and about.(Parent) When is it? We are open Monday to Friday, 9am till 4pm, and operate full or half day sessions. We also run a minibus service, so please ask us if you need help with transport. If you would like to ask us anything about the Day Centre, or if you would like to pay us a visit to see what we do and meet the team, please contact us in the following ways: Contact Dawn McCall on 01993 899988 Email: GLADS@guideposts.org.uk To maintain and develop this work and respond to demand, we really need help with donations of or financial contribution towards: Specialist IT to help with communication, learning and skills development; Cooking/ Baking products and appliances Tableware and bakeware Support with transport, trips and outings Portable canopies for outings in all weathers Adaptive seating and mobility aids Reclining furniture Sensory and wellbeing equipment Music and Drama equipment Session planning resources Support with promotion and publicity Volunteer expenses GLADS also needs caring & supportive volunteers who think they can offer time & experience to the project.