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Learning Difficulties Development Fund (LDDF)

Learning Difficulties Development Fund (LDDF) and Valuing People Now projects

The Learning Difficulties Development Fund is money given by the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board (LDPB) to projects and groups to make Valuing People Now happen. These are things like:

  • Personalisation
  • Supporting people into paid work
  • Supporting people to live in their own home
  • Making sure more people can use the same health services as everyone else

Bids for LDDF take place every year and in March the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board decides which groups or projects should receive funding.


Learning Difficulties Partnership Board Co-chairperson 

The Co-chairperson is employed by South Gloucestershire Community Care and Housing Department to get other people involved in the work of the LDPB and Valuing People Now.

In 2019 – 2020 South Gloucestershire LDPB gave £100,000 to local projects and organisations.


A Clean Sweep 

A social enterprise run by and employing people with LD. This is a cleaning business with various contracts in and around the Bristol area which is run as a co-operative and currently employs 8 people with the aim to increase this within the next 12 months. 


16 Co-operative Ltd – Working Knowledge

A community based individual support programme whereby participants will work with trained job coaches helping individuals on a 1:1 basis to build a better knowledge of work and all that it entails before being supported to make choices about the jobs they might want. People will be offered the chance to work with a job coach to look for paid employment.


Wecil – Peer Advocacy 

A peer led advocacy project giving people with a learning difficulty the opportunity to support other people in the same situations to express their views and make decisions about health, housing, education, work, relationships and families.


Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire – Advice for All

A weekly advice session for people with learning difficulties and their carers which will offer support and guidance for people applying for benefits and also help with any tax credit issues and provide debt advice. This could include completing benefit checks and helping people apply for the correct benefits that they are entitled to.


KIDS – Accessing Arts 

Courses, workshops and outreach services for people with LD to access different areas of the arts, including, art, photography and music.

The project aims to empower young people with LD to be heard and seen in their community by nurturing their creative skills and interests. By showcasing what they have achieved with our celebration events, they will also be helping develop their skill-set, confidence and self-esteem.


Milestones Trust, Community Express – Music Train 

Music and Art and Craft sessions taking place at The Batch, Cadbury Heath and Avon Valley Railway to provide an inclusive environment for adults with learning difficulties. The events at Avon Valley Railway have an opportunity of a discounted train ride whilst enjoying listening to musicians in calm and scenic surroundings.


Milestones Trust, Community Express – Warmley Wheelers 

Warmley Wheelers provides physical exercise in an outdoor setting.

It is a disability cycle scheme offering a range of adapted cycles that enables those who have additional needs to feel the excitement and empowerment of using a specially adapted bicycle. It promotes choice and control and helps develop independent living skills. 


LD Awareness 

Delivering LD Awareness sessions to year 10-11 children in schools. The sessions involve visiting schools in the South Glos area and spending time in classes delivering a fun presentation to children aged 10 to 11 years old and are co-delivered by two “LD Awareness” staff who have learning difficulties. 


Wiggly Worm – A Kitchen Challenge 

The project involves running weekly sessions for people with LD exploring and developing skills in food. This will improve awareness of healthy eating and encourage people to improve their skills and make informed choices about the food they cook.
















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