Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC) is an alternative format to the more traditional day service providers. At YVYC, the aim is to enhance the lives of individuals who have either autism, disabilities or learning difficulties through their philosophy of “No Limits”. The team provide experiences that help people live life to the full.
In line with Government guidelines on 23rd March the team at YVYC had to close their building, forcing their service to provide an alternative offer for all their members.
Manager, Jenny Day, said: “Our members are a close group of 37+ adults who have autism, disabilities or a learning difficulty, but Your Voice Your Choice provides for their families too. We are a very personalised Service based in Knowsley and our aim and Moto is ” No Limits”. So far since being told we are unable to access the building we have gone from providing a 5 day service to 7 days! The team are incredible and totally committed to the people we support they are our extended family.”
So what are the YVYC team doing?
Jenny continued: “We have contacted all our members and families personally and set up a variety of chats that means no one is isolated. We have large group chats, members chats, parent/carers, information only chats, staff chats and one to one conversations ensuring we do not leave anyone out.”
Aside from the popular public facing Facebook page, YVYC also have a private Facebook group called YVYC Keeps Going. This group page has been set up to provide online activities that are mostly live. The interaction has been overwhelming with members and families taking part. Jenny said: “Now our YVYC adults are growing in confidence and desire to help others. So much so that they are putting on activities themselves.”
Apart from their regular classes, which are now being conducted via Facebook live, the team have had a YVYC talent show with the final being broadcast Live; music quizzes, tai chi classes, Tuesday bingo, drumming classes and even a surprise 30th birthday party delivered via Zoom.
At this difficult time it is great to hear that this local group are digging deep to keep spirits lifted and have created a routine to keep everyone involved and connected happy.
Keep up the good work YVYC!