by Charlie Ridgewell
The two main aims are to offer our young adults something productive and beneficial to do with their time and also offer some help towards other vulnerable people in the community.
These are the words of Becky Stephenson, one of the main workers at Ryedale Special Families (RSF) who is setting up a new shopping scheme in Pickering and surrounding areas to benefit the community who may otherwise meet. I interviewed Becky this week. Here’s what I found out:
When did you start on the idea of the shopping scheme?
RSF started working with another provider about 3 years ago that offers the shopping scheme in Malton and Norton to help the young adults they support develop independence skills and also support people in the local community. We thought we’d do the same in Pickering.
What is the Shopping Scheme?
The shopping scheme is there to help people in the community. They may live on their own, struggle to get out in bad weather or due to health conditions. We will visit local shops to get weekly food for someone who cannot get there themselves, and then drop it off at their home. At present we are just providing this in the Pickering area and there will be a £2 per shop charge for the service.
How do you think it will benefit those members of RSF working in the scheme?
It will help the young adults we support at RSF build independence skills around budgeting and timekeeping. It will also help with social skills and give young people the chance to give something back to their local community.
Some of our members would love to work towards getting a job and this shopping scheme will help give them the skills they will need to do this.
When’s the latest date you want the scheme to start?
The Scheme will be up and running by summer 2019. If anyone is interested please get in touch with me at Ryedale Special Families on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ryedale Special Families on 01653 699000.