A little bit about us, we are a couple who live in Lincolnshire, UK. By chance we both have a connection with Africa and love its beauty and vibrance. We appreciate all that we have in our lives and recogonize that there are many people in this world who do not get the opportunities and privelege that we have living in the United Kingdom.
We feel lucky to live in a country where we have access to a National Health Service, a Benefits system, Social Housing , Social Services and many charitable and voluntary organisations that can offer support to almost every sector of our society.
However this led us to thinking about others in this world who suffer on a daily basis and we simply want to help in some small way, Nations Together has been set up to do just that.
Keith & Laura
In the UK, I (Laura) worked for a well-respected organisation who offers Supported Living Accommodation to people with learning difficulties and mental health issues. My role as a support worker was extremely rewarding; I had the priveledge of supporting many amazing people, my role was to work towards achieving positive outcomes for the service users in person centered ways to promote independence and confidence by offering support and opportunity. I had previously lived in Tanzania, East Africa for a period of six years and in that time worked alongside village elders, ten cell leaders, social workers and doctors in rural areas offering support, advice and help to many families who had a child/adult with a learning difficulty. For some the starkness and reality of their lives was overwhelming as they struggled on a day to basis with no infra structures to offer help or support with the fundamental needs of food, adequate housing, water, clothing, educational needs, equipment, furniture, aids and adaptions, behavior strategies, medication and for some much needed life sustaining operations.
The lack of support for parents, often dealing with confusion, guilt and ostracisation, was difficult to come to terms with. Very few people with learning difficulties have a formal diagnosis, this attached to the stigma and social exclusion that many mothers and their children experience was and remains alien to our western mind set of equality and inclusion for all.
The project will offer trained community support workers to work with adults in their home environment with an objective to aid social inclusion and acceptance within local villages and tribes (Massai and Chagga).
The community support workers will work to a person centered support plan which will encompass interests and wishes of the person they are supporting to aid independence and choice. Opportunity to experience new places and activities will be part of the support plans and this will be accessed through attending the Nations Together Activity Room which is co-ordinated by two staff members, lunch is provided and various activities offered.
For the future Nations Together will aim to raise funds to build a multi functional Activity Centre where skills can be learnt to enhance independenc, interests employment and fun. The focus being to enrich lives enabling service users to reach their full potential with the support of person centered planning and a trained staff team of support workers who strive for excellence in a caring, professional manner.
The Tanzanaian Team
The Tanzanian Team in training.
We now have 1 Community Support Worker Coordinator and 2 Activity Room Coordinators and 4 Community Support Workers – registration is in process for a Non-Governmental Organisation.
The Executive Committee of Nations Together
The Committee comprises of Service Users, Parents, Professionals with in the Social Care and Health sector and supporters of Nations Together
Support Workers and Coordinators
From left to right- Mwanaisha, Community Support Worker, Charles, Community Support Worker , Jenephar, Community Support Worker, Happiness, Community Support Worker, Modesta, Activity Room Coordinator, Grace, Support Worker Coordinator