We are a registered Community Interest Company (a type of non-profit social enterprise), working with individuals (16+) with learning disabilities, autism and mental health barriers. We focus on an individual’s strengths and aspirations, then work with them to realise their potential, leading to self-worth and independence. We do this through: creative workshops, group and community work, mentoring, skill development programs, meaningful volunteering roles and social events.
Our 4 mission aims are:
1. We believe in equality for all. We aim to help individuals with additional needs, and who feel marginalised, to feel more empowered and have increased self-worth.
2. We aim to help individuals with additional needs develop growth-focused mindsets. We use a mixture of methods that bring about an inner resilience, challenging people's perceptions of themselves and their own capabilities of shaping their world.
3. We aim to create social change by demonstrating that everyone has strengths and skills to offer their world. We all have a calling and a purpose we can serve that provides self-fulfilment.
4. We aim to create environmentally sustainable communities through community partnership, creative waste reduction methods and educating people about their role in the world.
We create a safe and nurturing environment, where individuals feel comfortable to test themselves and explore their talent and capabilities. We advocate progress not perfection, encouraging individuals to learn from mistakes and to always give something a go.
We are person centred, placing an emphasis on mutual respect and trust. Our members are a part of Uppertunity and not merely a recipient of a service.
We believe that working with the strengths of the community and individuals living within it is key to a sustainable future, developing and transferable life skills in our clients, and empowering.
Uppertunity was finalist in the Growth category of Tayside and Fife's Social Enterprise Awards 2019, and the founding Director won Young Entrepreneur of the Year.