Independence Project started with one main aim and that was to allow adults with additional needs to live a life as independent as possible. Whether this be teaching them life skills or just supporting them on days out and giving them the confidence to experience new things. The services provided by Independence Project have adapted and changed due to the needs of the individuals. Through having conversations with members, parents, and just general research it was noticed that the one event that adults with additional needs want to do, but can’t do easily, is attending music events. This got our brains working on how we can support them with this and on July the 27th we were able to host our first club night at the HotBox in Chelmsford. To say it was a success is an understatement! It was a great turnout and people travelled from far and wide to attend. There is a saying that goes ‘A picture says a thousand words’ and in this instant it is so very true.
You can see for yourself how much they enjoyed themselves by watching our video below. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
The young adults danced all night long and what made it even more special was having one of our members DJing the event alongside many other talented DJ’s, thanks to EAZEE learning. EAZEE learning help young adults with additional needs to develop their understanding of music and provide them with training to become a DJ.
As mentioned in our last blog about the ‘Stay up Late Project’ it can be tricky for some young adults who require a carer to participate in these type of events as they may have to leave early due to shift hours. We were so happy to see that this was not a problem on this particular night as the majority of young adults stayed till the very end; being able to enjoy every last minute. As the night was staffed it enabled parents to have confidence in leaving the young adults and it then meant that they could have some respite. Parents commented on how it was nice to be able to take other siblings out for dinner, have a quiet night with their partners or even catch up on some housework.
Not only was it a great event for the young adults to attend and have a great night but it allowed them to socialise with new people and see what the Independence Project is all about. We are pleased to announce that there are more dates for the diary as we have planned our next event to be held on the 19th of October and it will be back at the HotBox in Chelmsford; tickets are on sale and can be found 👉🏼 here.
We can’t wait for the night to come and support even more people to have a great time!