Daring for Development

What is it?

At Uppertunity, we offer a 12 week program that gives individuals with additional needs the chance to build skills and confidence, and become more self-reliant. It involves:


- Individuals attending groups and workshops, such as money management, cooking skills, safe travel and goal setting (43 workshops in total).

- Completing a volunteer placement, and receiving support in trying different volunteer roles

- Receiving one on one support

- Receiving support in sourcing activities outside of our own program

- Taking part in therapeutic activities

- Taking part in team building

How does it work?

When an individual initially joins the program, one to one conversations will take place between the individual and the manager to create a personal journey plan. This plan will articulate how the person sees themselves at that moment in time and what personal goals they have for themselves, as well as their current capacity. 

The Individuals journey plan will include:


The Individuals journey plan will include:

- An initial introduction of the individual, program and activities, which will be 12 weeks long

- Attending workshops 3 to 4 times a week at Uppertunity’s premises

- Over 90 hours of support and workshops in total

- Take part in a volunteer role. This can be through one of Uppertunity’s volunteer roles. If the individual would like to take part in a different volunteer role, Uppertunity will support them to find, apply and take part in this role

- Learn about being an entrepreneur. This is optional, where individuals learn about how to create a mini business out of their creative skill, and take part in a craft fair

- Learn about mindfulness and use this in everyday life

- Take part in a group bonding day at the end of the program

- Individuals will receive 5 hours of one on one support and counselling. This is used throughout the program

- Individuals are invited to attend Uppertunity’s other weekly social groups. The individual will also receive support in finding other activities if they wish

- Continued support after the 12 weeks is complete



- Cooking & Food Hygiene 

- Caring for Personal Needs

- Getting Around in the Community

- Safe Socialising

- Numeracy and Literacy skills

- Money Management

- Self-Awareness and Goal Setting

- Living Independently

- Working and Volunteering

All groups and sessions will take place at Uppertunities premises: The Circle, 4 – 6 Staffa Place, DD2 3SX. Timetable of workshops are given when individuals sign up.

When is it?


Below are the current blocks for 2018 (New dates for 2019 will be released later):

- 5th March till the 27th of May (Full program)

- Taster sessions between 11th of June to the 3rd of August (8 weeks)

- 10th of September till the 2nd of December (Full program)

How much does it cost?


The taster prices are available on a separate page. The full program costs £150 a month (£600 for the full 12 weeks). This can be paid in instalments. For more details on how to pay, an initial meeting will be set up to go over what is best for the joining individual, as well as to discuss methods of payment and if support is needed.

How can I refer someone or join?

Anyone who would like to better themselves can join. The individual has to be 16 years or older, and the program is open to individuals who have a learning, physical or mental health barrier. Please get in touch to receive a referral form and to set up an initial meeting. This meeting lets us get to know the individual and to fully explain the program, and go over the timetable.