Our funding sustainability is achieved by a mix of income from Adult Social Care, Community Mental Health Trusts, Society, Health & Development Diploma Partnership and various other partners along with fundraising activities and donations. Our 2009/10 turnover is over £120,000.
The overall aim of Lifestyles is to work with disabled people as equal participants in the delivery and development of the service. Negotiation and clarity of purpose, utilising the specialist skills of professionals, along with flexible delivery of services are the major elements leading to our success. While asked to work on an initial topic or strategy, we identify and extend the benefit to clients by offering a range of 'add-on' options where appropriate and with approval of the funding agency.
Since 1999 and a Year One target client group of 25, the number of participants has grown steadily to a current working group of 146 people. There is an average referral rate of 5 per month from Statutory Agencies, other projects and from self-referrals.
MCL works in nine major ways:
1. Individual befriending including Personalised Budgets/Direct Payments
2. Young Person's Lifestyles
3. Phab club development (St Austell)
5. Project group (office-based personal development)
6. Training and Qualifications
7. Transport – using our own 13- and 8-seater/3wheelchair vans
8. B'Mobile – short and long-term loans of electric mobility scooters
9. Support in setting up/mentoring other small charitable groups
The photograph shows our Trustees' celebratory gathering congratulating ourselves on 10 years of work in Cornwall:
Front row left to right: Ewan Morris (Chair), Francis Rowe (Vice-Chair), Simon Slatter (Project Group Member), Pete Skea (Young Persons rep and Trustee), Gordon Faddy (Scope rep and Trustee). Rear row left to right: Barry Marsh (Manager), Bev Lightfoot (Volunteer), Ray Bennett (Staff), Keith Elson (Secretary Trustee), Di Johns (Trustee), Lynn Osman (Treasurer Trustee).