Go Ability Trust – formerly known as The John Graham Trust – has been a registered charity since 2011.
The trust was originally set up in response to those who attend The John Graham Centre – A farm-based day services hub for adults with learning disabilities in Blean near Canterbury.
We decided in 2017 – as the trust became more focused on sports, health and well-being – that the name did not reflect the activity of the charity, and so became: Go Ability!
Feedback from JGC students revealed adults with learning disabilities found certain venues or activities difficult to access in Canterbury and surrounding areas. Reasons included: timing, costs, lack of assistive equipment, communication barriers, not knowing event schedules, and a need for better staff awareness.
Understanding the gaps between the support offered to people with learning disabilities and their specific needs, Go Ability Trust focuses on:
Working with local venues and service providers
– addressing the inequality of access to sports and community activities.
Raising awareness of accessible services
– providing information and guidance supporting healthy, social lifestyles.
Funding local projects
– helping sustain and develop these much needed resources.
Distributing specialised equipment
– enabling adults with learning disabilities to access their community with greater independence.
Generating funding to continue its work
– creating events, appeals and successful bids that maximise the impact of our work.