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Ark Housing

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ARK HOUSING 1.1 Ark Housing Background The project was established over 5 years ago and is one of a number set up by Ark Housing, a volunteer organization1. The organization itself has been existence for over 7 years concentrating its efforts in the east of Scotland. 1.2 Organisations Initiatives The local community showed evidence that a new project should be established. Two people and some local residents put a plan in implementation and with fund-raising they 'build up' Marshtown. Once the project was up ten people were living in it. 1.3 Ark Housing Aim (Ark Housing)It is an organization which aims to provide housing for adults with learning difficulties2 and make people as independent as possible, realizing their potential. It is not intending to teach people skills, either living or socially skills, occurring the residents leaving. Ark's philosophy is 'a community home for life for each resident, or until that resident says that they want to leave. Ark Housing continues to be successful by the fact that the number of adults is continually increasing. 1.4 Project Management of Marshtown Although things are running smoothly in Marshtown there are some issues which must be taken into consideration for our benefit. There is a head office which is divided in a personnel officer, director, administrative staff and a residential services department who oversee the whole situation. There have been consultations that it may be a line manager which will go to Ark rather than to the Local Committee3. It will be useful to have a line manager to inform Ark Management Director when they have to deal with an issue because they will be more organized as a whole and the Ark Director won't have to inform two separate sides, saving a lot of vital time. 1.5 Inter - relationships in Marshtown Relationships with the local authority are very good and we are both trying to provide as good service as possible to the residents. ...read more.

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We can also give them support by making the evening meal or their breakfast and accompany the residents on social outings, cinema, theatre and pub. Visiting this webpage I realized that involvement in sports4 and leisure activities can meet more specific purposes such as community integration, educational experience and social development and should be considered as part of the residents' activities. Recreational activities such as music, art, dance and drama can also be part of a therapeutic programme. Such programmes aim to use the recreational activity to overcome communication difficulties by enabling a person to find expression through an artistic medium. (http://www.markwalton.net/learningdisabilities/htm) Marshtown staff will need to consider, particularly in relation to more physically demanding sport or recreation, the question of risk and will need to be aware of any circumstance that prevents people from engaging in these.( For example, those with Down's Syndrome who contribution from all its citizens) 1.7.5 Residents in the Employment Field The residents' employability is limited. Few of the residents have identified the fact that they would like to work full or part time for payment. The fear that any form of work may threaten their benefit status acts as a deterrent to finding a job that could potentially lose their 'Housing Benefit' because they wouldn't be able to earn enough money right away to pay for their residence. Most people with learning disabilities do not find work and so must live on the support provided by DSS. This is a big issue for our residents and particular for people with learning disabilities because, even if they have a job, these tend to be low-paid. The reasons for this exclusion from the labour market are complex, but they include: * Low expectations on the part of many agencies and professionals of what people with learning disabilities can achieve * The interaction between social security benefit rules and employment can result in disincentives to work for some learning disabled people. ...read more.

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I can't resolve any matters on my own and make changes in Marshtown. Even though we are a successful volunteer organisation and offer the best part of ourselves we must continue the good work and as a result we will overcome any issues raised. Every one of us has to make an effort to accomplish our goals for the improvement of our residents' advantage. 2.2 Personal Philosophy I am required to indicate that in expressing my opinion and suggestions to the rest of the committee, I was having in mind the eco-centric philosophy8. I support the eco-centric beliefs, which requires the involvement of all individuals in discovering "what is" as a means of addressing what should be. In the case of Ark housing, improvements can be achieved by contribution of all the people. Through eco-centric philosophy, people see better the whole of what was, is, and should be related to beliefs, knowledge and action. They begin to see what is better of achieving a better future. They are co operating with each other people are united and act for the benefit of all, and not for an individualistic benefit. There are opinions and contribution for achieving improvement, become means of generating hope for an effective improvement. (Vaines E., 1990) Ark house is a voluntary organisation that offers support to people with learning difficulties. We must have in mind that voluntary organisations are very useful in a social welfare and can offer personal services to individuals directly. The Barclay Report (1982) recognized that the 'bulk of social care is carried out not by statutory or voluntary agencies but by ordinary people'9. Care in the community10 in Ark Housing has been defined as meaning of giving support and relief to the residents coping with the stress of caring for the adults with learning difficulties, provide the most effective services to meet the needs of those being helped and make residents as independent as possible within this setting. Thus, I strongly recommend we should set up a great effort to have satellites houses and not this suggestion to remain a simple possibility. ...read more.

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