Our name says it all. The Hub. A place where people, ideas and practical solutions come together. A place where those with learning difficulties and autism get to meet, master new skills and move forwards. A place with a clear-sighted mission:
To provide support and training to empower the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, helping each individual achieve their own personal independence, support their community and work together, beyond disability.
The Hub was born at a difficult time in healthcare funding. Back in 2010 a period of austerity had made deep funding cuts in services for adults with learning disabilities and autism. This only served to galvanise us. We believed then, as we do today, that disability shouldn’t dictate a person’s future in life, or indeed in the workplace. We refuse to accept the path prescribed for us and instead make our own path, whatever that might be. From then, at a time of heightened need, the Hub evolved. Since our humble beginnings in a glove factory, the Hub has grown to be a unique place to be ourselves. Today, we’re thriving and have never looked back.
Our core ethos #1
The Right to Individuality
Our personalised approach allows us to keep the focus on everyone’s needs, wants, and aspirations as we expand. Valuing what’s personal is at the absolute heart of the Hub. This is true for our users, volunteers, fundraisers, and stakeholders.
Our core ethos #2
Autonomy and Community, Together.
Our Work Coaches help trainees develop skills for work and life. Through our business partnerships and diverse social programmes, we strengthen our users and the local community. Our work placements benefit the economy and Hub learners alike.
Our core ethos #3
Often, there are social or physical difficulties and obstacles that come with a disability and we realise that. We think that these shouldn’t limit people’s aspirations, one bit.
Seeing talents beyond disabilities and aspirations beyond barriers, we’ll create what’s needed for full inclusion, for each person.