Chainreaction Personal Development Group

Chainreaction is a person centred service, set up to provide disabled people the opportunity to explore their own personal development.  Participants are encouraged to explore their hopes, fears, experiences and aspirations for the future, increasing confidence and independence.  Chainreaction offers opportunities for learning and training.  Participants are supported to achieve goals and take their life in their chosen direction.

Chainreaction includes:

  • therapeutic group
  • one to one counselling
  • opportunities for personal growth
  • developing new skills
  • trying new experiences
  • working in groups and individually
  • exploring aims and ambitions.
  • valuing relationships
  • valuing individual difference

Our Chainreaction model allows for activities to vary according to individual need, preference and ambition. 

They can include:

  • Independent living skills –  travel training, meal planning, money skills and budgeting
  • Health and Wellbeing – healthy eating, fitness, relationships, managing health conditions
  • Computer, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Formal and informal arts and crafts sessions
  • Dance and drama
  • Cooking and baking
  • Gardening and growing vegetables
  • Accessing the community –libraries, parks,
  • Leisure activities such as cinema, swimming and bowling, restaurants, cafes and pubs
  • Group meals and celebrations
  • Volunteering at the Kingsley Centre

We operate at the Kingsley Centre five days a week and in Camden (Chainreaction in Town) and Reading (Chainreaction in Reading) three days a week.

Contact:

Chainreaction  
Kingsley Centre
Forge Road
Bordon
Hampshire
GU35 9ND 
Reading

Contact:
Jo Casey, Senior Managing Facilitator
jo@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk

 

Chainreaction in Reading
Emmanuel Methodist Church
448 Oxford Road
Reading
RG30 1EE

Contact:
Helen Dayson, Chief Executive
helen@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Pamela Kaze, Facilitator
pamela@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 0118 959 9650

 

Chainreaction in Town
Highgate Newton Community Centre
25 Bertram St
London
N19 5DQ

Contact:
Helen Dayson, Chief Executive
helen@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Antonio Vocale, Facilitator
antonio@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 263 8382

Chainreaction Above Ground

A user led group created to sustain the lives of disabled adults living in their community with low level support and care needs.   Reducing isolation, providing peer support, giving advice and guidance. 

Chainreaction Above Ground is open one day a week on Wednesdays 10am to 3.30pm at our Chainreaction in Town venue.

Contact:
Helen Dayson, Chief Executive
helen@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Antonio Vocale, Facilitator
antonio@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 263 8382

Supported Volunteering Programme

We recognise that for some people extra support is required for them to be able to access volunteering opportunities.   We have developed a Supported Volunteering Programme, which acknowledges individual need, whilst at the same time providing a variety of opportunities for personal and skill development.

The programme enables disabled people to participate in a team of volunteers.  Taking part in a variety of tasks and activities such as working in the shop and Post Office, working on reception, administration work, housekeeping, gardening, maintenance and listening and supporting people in our Chainreaction services.  Through our programme we aim to provide a “World of Work” experience.

We believe volunteering is an ideal challenge and that working with support from staff and other volunteers builds self-confidence, skills and experience.

The programme provides training and personal support along with regular mentoring and team meetings.

Contact:
Emma Grant, Managing Facilitator
emmag@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Taking part in a variety of tasks and activities

Independent Living Project

Offers disabled people with the opportunity to try out living on their own, define their own support needs and discover their own preferences for living.

The project provides:

  • A short-term stay in  an accessible two bedroom ground floor flat
  • The opportunity to experience the joys and frustrations of independence
  • Tenancy support, advice and development of life skills provided by our trained support workers

We also offer a Supported Living service for those living independently within their community. This service is accredited to the Hampshire Supported Living Framework.

Contact:
Jo Casey,  Senior Managing Facilitator
jo@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

Living independently within their community

Friends Forever and Shine Leisure Services in Hampshire

Both groups meet regularly at the Kingsley Centre to socialise and have fun.  The groups are completely user led and supported by experienced staff.

The Friends Forever group meets on Tuesday evenings and the Shine group once a month on a Saturday.  The groups choose their programme of activities, which include trips out to the cinema, bowling, theatre and meals, as well as discos and activities based at the Centre.

Contact:
Jane Kincaid, Managing Facilitator
jane@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk 
Telephone: 01420 479000

Groups meet regularly

Parent Carers Support Group

The inspiration for the Kingsley Centre and its emergence into Kingsley Organisation was a parent carer who wanted more for her disabled daughter and who did not recognise the meaning of 'impossible'.   

We have always acknowledged the role of parent carer and how they can benefit from the opportunity for information and support. 

The group meets at the Kingsley Centre every 6 weeks.  It is an opportunity to meet other parent carers, share experiences and learn from each other. 

The group is open to any parent carer who feels they would benefit from meeting others in a similar situation and who are looking for support and information.

Contact:
Stefani Dent
Trustee via Hayley Sutton
Senior Administrator
hayley@kingsleyorganisation.org.uk
Telephone: 01420 479000

The group meets at the Kingsley Centre every 6 weeks