Donation to Communicate 2U

Partner: Communicate 2U

Project: Donation

Communicate 2U is a not-for-profit organisation, seeking to make a difference to our vulnerable young people who – unless we address their issues – can face reduced educational opportunities,  no work options and, ultimately, a pathway to poor mental health and poverty.

At Communicate 2 U, teams of Occupational Therapy (OT) staff and Communication Experts (a person with a learning disability or other vulnerable communicator, trained to teach others about communication) have three clear aims: (1) To empower staff in health, social care, education and business with the skills and confidence to communicate with vulnerable people 2) To change the attitudes of employers towards employing a person with additional needs and (3) To provide pathways for our most vulnerable people into paid employment.

In Birmingham, for example, Communicate 2U Ltd have produced a film to prepare people for going into Queen Elizabeth Hospital; have audited written and non-verbal communication at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and advised on designing a sensory-friendly mental health drop-in centre. Meanwhile a programme of Supported Internships aims to bridge the gap between education and work, whilst opening the eyes to employers about the real benefits of employing people with additional needs.

The Axis Foundation’s Donation of £2000 will go towards purchasing vital equipment including laptops, cameras, a projector and a screen as well as a printer, USB sticks and a mobile phone.

Project feedback...

Dear Axis Foundation,

We wanted to say a massive thank you for giving us money to buy equipment. It was great going shopping with so much money and we got the chance to choose what we wanted. With all the equipment, it means we are set up to prepare presentations, use the projector, and screen for use as a teaching aid. We can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much,

From all the students and interns at Communicate 2U