The 2 founders felt that there were not enough opportunities for individuals with additional needs and mental health barriers to develop their skills and feel part of the community.
Those with a learning difficulty have a significantly lower life expectancy then those without.
Males with a learning difficulty have a life expectancy of 66, compared to 80 without.
Females with a learning difficulty have a life expectancy of 67 compared to 84 without.
People with learning disabilities, autism and mental health barriers are more likely to be exposed to common causes of poor health such as poverty, poor housing, lack of meaningful employment, social isolation and discrimination. Many do not get regular physical activity, contributing to poor health.
Isolation is the greatest barrier facing our clients. Children and adolescents with autism are at increased risk of anxiety and anxiety disorders. A lack of positive social interaction worsens these conditions. Mencap have identified that 1 in 4 people with learning disabilities spend less than one hour outside their home on average each day, missing out on exercise and casual social interaction.
On a local level, the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership reported that Dundee has the highest proportion of adults with learning disabilities in Scotland (9.5 per 1000, 2017). Also stated that two thirds of the population with learning disabilities live in the most deprived areas of the city.