Surrey Freemasons’ grant helps communication for adults with profound learning disabilities

A group of Surrey residents who find it challenging to communicate because of their profound and multiple learning disabilities are being helped thanks to a £15,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The grant to the Us in Bus charity will be used to help fund two “Interaction Practitioners” who will be supporting 86 people, mainly in the Reigate and Banstead areas, who find it very difficult to communicate and connect with the world around them, the majority of whom do not use words to express themselves.

Us In Bus-Surrey MasonThe charity provides a weekly Interactive session, involving the skilled facilitation of activities that encourage self-expression and builds confidence by providing an opportunity for conversations to be had in a language unique to each person for people aged between 20 – 90, 40% of whom have no contact with their families.

Victoria Goody, Chief Executive of Us in a Bus said: “We are very grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous donation.

Us in a Bus depends on donations and fundraising to enable us to provide our unique services to really make a difference to people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities.

I was delighted to welcome Bill Caughie and his fellow Surrey Freemasons so they could see the impact that our work has on people’s lives and the huge importance of their donation.”

Bill Caughie from Surrey Freemasons said:  “We are very pleased to be able to help Us in a Bus, who are doing wonderful work with very vulnerable local people, giving them a chance to communicate in the only way possible for them.”

About Us in a Bus

Us in a Bus is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity specializing in providing high quality, effective, innovative and unique services for people who have profound learning disabilities.

Many of the people they support also have physical or sensory disabilities and find communication a huge challenge. We know that establishing some common ground with people who are often isolated can help them have more of an impact on the world.

One of the approaches that Us in a Bus uses to help this happen is Intensive Interaction, a simple and empathetic way of encouraging people to communicate in ways that are familiar and natural to them.

Us in a Bus was set up 26 years ago and currently visits over 220 people across Surrey, Hampshire, Middlesex and London, either on a one to one basis or in group sessions.  To find out more about Us in a Bus visit their website – www.usinabus.org.uk

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