How we started
We wanted to 'map' local areas and find out where people could get support or advice. We could then share this information with other people with a learning disability through drop-in sessions and a website.
The Learning and Skills Network gave us money to pay a worker to support us for 5 hours a week for a year and help us set up the project. We launched Right Track in May 2006.
Our 1st year
Our Steering Group spent most of the first year making sure we had the skills, confidence and support to manage the project properly. It was really important that we had a plan that made sense to us and we could use check the work we do. Our plan is there to remind us what we should be doing. Like any other person centred plan, it changes as we learn and do more things.
Our 2nd year
In 2007 we were given money to employ a Direct Payments Support Worker to help us tell people about direct payments. We wrote the job description and advert and designed a pack so we understood how to recruit and interview staff. We can offer training to other organisations and people with a learning disability to help them involve people in choosing staff. If you would like to know more please contact us.
Becoming a Community Interest Company
In 2011 we set Right Track up as a Community Interest Company. Our 2 directors are people with a learning disability. We have much more freedom and responsibility now to manage the company and make decisions about what we do. We have a lot of support from volunteers and from Central Bedfordshire Council.