Move On Up

Move On Up is a National Lottery Community Fund funded project that will provide early support to 290 young people with learning disabilities and autistic young people in Leeds and Bradford leaving school, college and young people’s services, empowering them to transition successfully to adult community services. The project will run until the end of April 2025.

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We work in partnership with local schools, colleges and young people’s services to deliver interactive and creative transition workshops. The workshops focus on topics which equip young people with new life skills, so they transition to adult services feeling confident, with increased self-esteem and independence.

Transition Workshops

We work in partnership with local schools, colleges and young people’s services to deliver interactive and creative transition workshops. The workshops focus on topics which equip young people with new life skills, so they transition to adult services feeling confident, with increased self-esteem and independence.

Buddy Scheme

We’re working with partner organisations to train adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults to become Buddies, so young people attending taster sessions are supported by a peer.

One to One Support

We can provide one-to-one support to young people who need longer-term, holistic support to transition to adult services.

Support for families and carers

We can support parents, families and carers by offering advice, information and guidance about community activities and funding arrangements.

The Move On Up team is made up of Projects Manager, Hannah, and Projects Assistant, Róisín, who are working with Fran, our Chief Executive Officer, and Bronia, our Programmes Manager to bring the project to life!

Summer 2022 Update

This summer, we finish delivering Move On Up workshops to our first cohort of students at Leeds City College and Bradford College! We have had a wonderful 6 months working with around 70 young people with learning disabilities and autistic young people, supporting them to feel empowered during their transition into adult community services.

During the workshops, the participants have built up their ‘Transitions Toolkit’: 10 skills that are useful tools in the face of change. We have practiced solving problems by creating Makey Makey circuits, learnt power poses to help us overcome fear of the unknown, built routine walls with the bricks of our favourite activities and worked as a team to create music and artwork.

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The way the workshops are set up, using activities they enjoy to deliver deeper meaning message, promotes the sharing of opinions and thoughts as they are more comfortable with the activities

There are over 40 organisations in our Move On Up Network, featuring a variety of activities across West Yorkshire. We have used the transitions workshops to introduce participants to exciting activities these organisations offer, from dance to life skills to sports to lifelong learning. During our sessions, we’ve had a very competitive Move On Up sports day, played new instruments like the piano and the ukulele, done our own version of Supermarket Sweep to practice employment and life skills and imagined we were giants, wizards and elves in a dramatic game of rock, paper, scissors!

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The activities have been really well planned and exposed the learners to new organisations

Following the success of our first year of Move On Up, we are opening a new Lifelong Learning Programme in Leeds! To assist the transition of Leeds City College students who will be joining Purple Patch Arts, we have delivered 4 transition days. These days have introduced the participants to the structure of a Purple Patch day and have given them a taste of this year’s Adventure topics!

Get Involved with Move On Up!

Transition Workshops

As well as delivering regular workshops in our partner colleges, we have also delivered one-off workshops to other groups who are experiencing transition. If you would be interested in booking a Move On Up workshop, please contact Hannah, Projects Manager.

Move On Up Network

Over the summer, we will be updating our Move On Up Network! If you would like your organisation to be signposted to young people with learning disabilities and autistic young people, you can contact Hannah, or fill in our Move On Up Network form:

Buddy Scheme

We have developed the Move On Up Buddy Scheme to develop the peer support available for young people transitioning into new activities and organisations. Take a look at the training available and get in touch if you would like a Buddy Training pack for your organisation!

As always, a big thank you to Beth who designed our logo, and the wonderful icons that accompany the various strands of the project!

Keep checking back to hear more about our Move On Up project! If you would like to know more about Move On Up, please contact Hannah: hannah@purplepatcharts.org / 07547 401776 for a chat!

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