We became a registered SCIO in June 2016, with the aim to develop and deliver a range of opportunities for autistic young people and young people with related disabilities as well as their families, carers, and practitioners who support them. We aim to support our young people to achieve their personal positive outcomes, and we work with other individuals and organizations to ensure the best choices are available to our young people to achieve those.
Better Lives charitable purposes are:
- The advancement of education
- The advancement of citizenship or community development (including rural or urban regeneration)
- The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture, or science
- The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the persons.
- The promotion of equality and diversity
- The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, or other disadvantages.
How does coming to BLP help our young people?
Young people who have attended our programmes have gained accredited qualifications and have reported feeling that they have gained confidence and found a sense of purpose.
Many of our young people value having a place to go, meeting new people, and making friends. And each of our young people, they have their own personal goals they want to achieve by attending.
For some those positive outcomes are learning independent living skills, gaining a work placement, or getting into college. While for others it is learning new skills, becoming more confident at socialising, or seeing new places through travel training.
In our locations, we run a variety of weekly sessions through our Bridge 2 Employment and Community Skills programmes. This includes support for young people in developing their own business and the opportunity to explore creative practices. These programmes help our young people develop personal positive outcomes and achieve them!
Our story began in 2016 when we became a registered SCIO with the expressed aim of delivering and improving the services available for autistic children and young people and those with additional barriers in Dumfries and Galloway.
We have an amazing, hard-working, and dedicated team!
We work together across our sites to support our young people and provide them with a wide selection of opportunities. Find out more about our team, and what they do!
As a registered SCIO we are governed by a Board of Trustees, who are dedicated to ensuring Better Lives Partnership focuses on its charitable aims, and continues to offer the best support to our young people. Find out more about how our Board is run and what they do!