The project addresses the problem of social exclusion and low independence and low proficiency of adults with disabilities living in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. The number of people with disabilities benefiting from social assistance in the city is over 400. Local diagnoses indicate that people with disabilities do not independently take care of shopping and payments, contact with public institutions and offices. These tasks, as well as daily assistance, are usually undertaken by carers, most often parents. Lack of systemic support and social norms that are not conducive to developing independence for people with disabilities lead to frustration, feelings of helplessness and loneliness.
As part of the project, workshops were held for people with disabilities and their carers from the district of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. Workshops covered topics such as computer literacy and cyber-security, dietetics and food preparation, online banking, and being active on the labour market. People with disabilities also benefited from the cultural offer of the city, taking part in trips to the theatre and cinema. Their carers took part in various workshops, including regeneration or healthy eating classes. However, the most popular among them was the Life Balance Consultant (LBC) recovery consultation.
As a result of the project, 25 persons with disabilities became considerably more independent and empowered, developing their skills to cope with everyday situations and challenges, especially related to safe use of the Internet, navigating the labour market and managing a household budget, and learning to plan for the future in the absence of a carer. In addition, they developed their social and communication competences, group work or decision-making skills. At the same time, 30 carers learned to support their adult children’s independence and self-reliance and benefited from the opportunity to take care of themselves.