Because helping those most vulnerable in our communities is more important now than ever, it is great to see the latest investment from the Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund being made into Spectrum Days, supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families.
Spectrum Days works with people with PMLD and their families, offering specialist support through their daycare facility and domiciliary care services. Often, the people Spectrum Days work with have multiple and complex support needs which means having to communicate non-verbally. This can have a huge impact on the family, both emotionally and physically and support is often needed with all aspects of day-to-day activities, which is where Spectrum Days steps in. With their fun, person-centred care packages, this social enterprise supports individuals to live fulfilled lives, build friendships and engage in bespoke activities tailored to their needs.
Helping people living with PMLD develop relationships, make independent decisions and enjoy activities is at the heart of what Spectrum Days does.
The £100,000 investment from the Resonance West Midlands Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Fund is being used to purchase a new fleet of vehicles to transport members between their homes and Spectrum’s centre. This means that Spectrum can not only continue delivering its service securely but also take on new members. In addition, Resonance has provided a grant through its COVID-19 emergency facility, which is facilitating crucial refurbishment, unlocking a new previously unused space at Spectrum’s centre so more members can use the centre within social distancing guidelines. Adapting to COVID has been made easier through this grant, which is also being used to purchase laptops, enabling members with lower family incomes to continue to engage with Spectrum’s services from home.
Daytime opportunities are specifically tailored to Spectrum’s members, making sure that every activity is unique, fun, and meeting their needs. From providing trips to local farms and horse riding to hydrotherapy, sports and arts and crafts, Spectrum goes above and beyond to create purposeful care packages. But they don’t stop there. Engaging with families is always a priority and one that is too often overlooked.
Whilst people with PMLD represent only around 0.3%* of the population, the geographical spread of this means that there is little peer support with families feeling isolated.
So, offering a completely flexible service 6-days-a-week is how Spectrum is tackling this isolation problem, and providing reliable support to families. In short, families can choose the tailored support they need, as individuals can either visit the centre with its range of facilities, or the Spectrum Team can provide respite and support at home. Or even a mixture of both! Whatever the personal situation, the Spectrum Team accommodates and adapts their services to fit the family. And thanks to this latest investment, they can maintain their all-important flexibility.
It’s estimated that by 2026, the number of adults with PMLD in England will increase from 17,000 to 22,000**, which will have major consequences for Day Service provision, and organizations like Spectrum. This crucial SITR investment keeps Spectrum on track to help their members thrive and become actively involved in their communities.
Maggie Allen, Spectrum’s Chief Executive said: “The investment has come at a really important time for the charity. Our vehicles are aged and expensive to maintain, so we are replacing our fleet.
“Our service is niche, providing specialist support to people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). We cover the whole of Central and North Worcestershire with our members travelling as much as 20 miles to benefit from our specialist service, so transport is vital to our members and their families. People like Richard and his parents. Nothing is simple for Richard. He needs total support with every aspect of his life. If his mum Caron had to get him ready for his day and bring him into our service and repeat this activity at the end of the day, she wouldn't be able to work.
“Richard enjoys a wide range of experiences and therapies in the time he spends with us. Our transport means he can access not only the fantastic range of resources and equipment in our building, but he can be a part of this community, be with his friends and enjoy the same range of activities we all enjoy.”
Richard’s mum explained further: “Spectrum Days is our lifeline. We can send our son here, safe in the knowledge that he will have the very best care in a fun and stimulating environment. Spectrum Days provides a full and varied range of member-specific activities where they operate with an exceptionally high health and safety protocol, ensuring that the health and wellbeing of all staff and members are of the utmost importance.
“The provision of care that Spectrum Days provide is invaluable to both the members and their families. It offers a bespoke, caring, friendly and professional service at all times and we highly recommend them.”
Grace England, Resonance’s Senior Investment Manager said: “We are delighted to be supporting Spectrum Days with a blend of investment and grant support through the Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund, after working with the team for a number of years in hope of supporting the brilliant work that they do. Spectrum provides an invaluable service to people with PMLD and their families and it is great to see how social investment can help services like these grow and impact more people’s lives.’
About Social Investment Tax Relief
The Resonance’s SITR Fund in the West Midlands provides a vital support scheme for social enterprises and charities that are working hard to improve vulnerable people’s lives in our communities across the country, providing solutions to some of their region’s most significant social problems, including:
The Fund has pioneered the use of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) which was introduced in 2015, which simultaneously lowers the cost of loans for enterprises and enables the potential for competitive returns to investors. This important source of subsidy to the social enterprise sector is currently under threat – read more in our Save SITR Call for Action article.
Resonance also operates a SITR Fund in the South West
For more information about investing in our SITR Funds click here
If you’re a social enterprise based in the South West or West Midlands and are looking for investment click here
SITR has enabled many outstanding and crucial social enterprises to access the investment they need to grow on an unsecured and affordable basis. The majority of these organizations would not have been able to secure this support had it not been for SITR. Unfortunately, though, SITR will be retired by April this year, meaning that other social enterprises in desperate need of investment in order to grow, will be unable to benefit from its vital tax relief. To remove this tax relief that benefits the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, without any replacement in place, would be incredibly damaging - both directly to social enterprises and the people they support. This is particularly detrimental at a time when social enterprises and charities are on the frontline, with staff and volunteers risking their own lives to help others through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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