Development Plan for 2009 – 2012
We continue to develop and strengthen taking an enterprising approach to achieving our aims. Influencing policy and change of behaviour, addressing a significant gap in provision for the support and inclusion of disabled people of all ages.
Our long term planned objectives for the sustainability and growth of our organisation are as follows:-
Drop-in Centre / Office
- Build on “One Stop Shop”
- More accessible hours Monday – Friday 9.00 - 3. 30
- Development Officer / Administrator staring April 2009 (25 hours per week)
- Continue to increase our memberships and fees.
- Exchange premises with the craft workshop to gain a more compact and intimate meeting place.
- Improving the sustainability of the café in its own right by targeting new regular areas of income including:-
- Establishing a take away service
- Promoting the use of café by incentives (to care homes/ sheltered housing other community group packages which include transport to and from the café, along with a more attractive pricing policy for group visits).
- Open café 6 days per week. (Saturdays are very busy in the shopping precinct).
- Increasing the number of paid staff to cover the additional workload created and providing a solid footing to build structure to the project (1extra part timer).
- Exchanging premises with the Drop-in Centre to create a larger working area for storage and space for manoeuvrability thus allowing for expansion of the craft facilities.
- After relocation, offering a more diverse assortment of courses to the community.
- Creating a more varied selection of goods for sale at our shop and on the monthly craft stall thereby boosting income.
As more local services are stretched our accessible transport service increases in demand.
- More requests from the Occupational Therapy Department at the hospital and a steady increase of supplementary runs for the Community Car Scheme;
- Negotiation with Social Services for further transport packages in order to increase community groups’ usage.
- Increase weekly supported shopping runs from three to five per week.
- New clientele from Care Home / Sheltered Accommodation package deal for Coffee mornings / High Teas.
- Renovate recently required polytunnel
- Plan and Publicise “ Garden open days” for the forthcoming season
- Expand garden projects to accommodate our ever growing numbers (at present 200 passing through each week).
General Publicity Awareness
- Advertisement for side of recently acquired replacement mini bus obtained through intensive fund raising campaign (attracts public attention to cause).
- Seasonal Fetes - Raffle on Jacobite Steam Train for 1 full week
- Bag fill at Morrisons supermarket – Handbills/ Flyers
- Great Glen Walk Sponsored Walk