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Using gardening and cooking to promote lifelong learning and independence for Adults with learning disabilities and their families

Gardening and cooking are activities that provide great opportunities for learning and practicing the skills needed for independent living. They provide adults with learning disabilities with opportunities to continue lifelong learning in a social family setting, through activities that the family can easily support.

Thrive is currently involved in an international project aiming to improve the lives of adults living with learning disabilities by encouraging family gardening and cooking as a way of supporting ongoing learning and independence.

The project ultimately aims to develop toolkits and resources to enable families and educators to make the most of the lifelong learning opportunities that gardening, and cooking can provide, It will give insights into the social and therapeutic benefits of these activities and show families how they can help loved ones with a learning disability prepare for a more independent life.

Funded by the EU, this Erasmus Project will last for three years and see Thrive working with other not-for-profit organisations in Slovenia, Croatia and Italy.

The project so far

We have been gathering information about the interest in, and opportunities for, adults with learning disabilities to engage in lifelong learning and the support and resources needed by families and educators/activity providers. For details about the findings from this first phase of the project and our progress so far, see http://www.erasmus-metura.eu/uk/

Get involved

We are looking for adults with learning disabilities, their families and educators/activity providers who would be interested in being involved in this. This will initially involve guiding the development of resources to support opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to be involved in gardening and cooking with their families at home or near to where they live. At the end of the project, in early 2021, we will be running events to share the results with those involved and the wider community and the toolkits and resources we have developed will be made freely available. If you would like to be involved in the project or to hear about our progress and the resources we develop, please get in touch.


Email: Trish.Matthews@thrive.org.uk

Telephone: 0118 988 5688

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