Social Opportunities

 
Playing board games @ Hinshaw Street

ENABLE Glasgow has long recognised the fundamental importance of providing social opportunities and activities that people with learning disability tell us are important in their lives. As a result we have always ran clubs and planned activities with a view to enabling people with learning disability to have control over their own social lives. Since 2009, with the guidance of our Social Activities Co-ordinator, we have been able to extend and vary the services on offer.

Our social activities are designed to kick-start a social life for people with learning disability that reduces their dependence on paid support or that of family members.  People can access low-cost activities in an atmosphere that respects their particular needs, and use this as a springboard to a wider social life.

Our Social Co-ordinatorkaren mackenzie

My name is Karen MacKenzie and I have been the Social Activities Co-ordinator for ENABLE Glasgow since October 2011. My role takes me across the organisation providing an exciting and inclusive activity programme for our members. This involves working alongside staff and service users within the three supported living services on person centred activities for each individual, creating new links within their community and producing a monthly newsletter for families and carers. On a wider scale I oversee the running of our social clubs, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, organise various events throughout the year and work with students from Glasgow university on the Best Buddies Project

My objectives are straightforward; to make people happy - the rewards inspire me on a daily basis.

Having worked as a Civil Servant for nearly 19 years, when the opportunity of voluntary redundancy was offered I decided a change was needed. I had been a volunteer at the Wednesday night club for over a year and knew that this was the best time for a career change. After spending 2 years as an assistant support worker between Balshagray House and Alder Road, and spending some time in Fortune Works, I applied for this post and was lucky to be successful. I thoroughly enjoy all the challenges and rewards this job brings and have had a lot of fun extending the social programme to include annual bus runs, dinner dances and some one off events. I am very privileged to be working with so many amazing people including staff and management teams accross the organisation, volunteers, service users and families.

I am always looking for new and exciting activities to add to our social programme, any ideas or comments are always welcome. I can be contacted by email, karen.mackenzie@enableglasgow.org.uk or contact me at Head Office