Uplands Enterprise Trust (UET) is a Swindon based charity that helps young people with SEND to help themselves.
UET is led by a knowledgeable board of voluntary Trustees and run by enthusiastic, skilled and creative staff.
Launched in 2012, the Trust is constantly developing, expanding, and changing to improve the lives of disabled young people within Swindon and the surrounding areas. UET now provide a Skills for Ever for post 18, Short Breaks Respite for 5-17 years old and our farm for our educational partners at Brunel SEN MAT.
Skills for Ever is delivered through three distinct cohorts of provision: Skills for Life, Skills for Work and Bespoke. Each programme has a specialist offer that is tailored to meet the needs of their cohort through experienced and trained staff.
Skills for Life
Our Skills for Life offer is based at Shaw Farm in Swindon.
Launched in 2014 skills for life offers structured sessions that are innovative, creative, and adapted to meet the needs of our cohort, supporting YP&A with complex health needs and provides physical health support. We recognise that communication is imperative for our YP&A, and that there is more to communication than just verbal language. We encourage the use of communication aids that are provided, and our trained staff use technology as an aid to enable our YP&A to independently make decisions. Choice is encouraged in every possible instance and our structured sessions enable our YP&A to participate within group sessions, creating a sense of community, we actively encourage interaction between our YP&A, building upon their social interaction and relationships.
Skills for Work
Our Skills for Work offer is based across two sites in Gorse Hill.
Autumn 2019 was the beginning of a new provision for UET - Skills for Work. We recognised that not everyone was ready for a workplace after education and not all were suited to the Skills for Life offer and so Skills for Work was launched to provide tailored work skills. The provision offers training in electrical testing (PAT), online selling, administrating, caring, catering, logistics, recycling, horticulture, customer service and lots more. The YP&A receive interview and CV support and have the opportunity to aim for volunteer, paid employment or self-employed roles.
Our Bespoke offer is based at the Community Enterprise Centre in Penhill.
Summer 2019 saw the launch of the Bespoke provision, offering tailor made packages, supporting YP&A with higher support requirements, due to the nature of the YP&A we supported we were mainly based off site, initially supporting the charity shops with our logistic team. Bespoke then moved into the CEC building in September 2020 which enabled further development of the well-being offer this includes the development of well-being sessions, addressing things like anxiety and low mood through Yoga sessions specifically capturing our YP&A with ASD and sensory sessions. We also support our YP&A to access Lift counselling services to address mental health issues. Packages to include hands on learning, sensory sessions, to produce enterprise, embedding functional skills, whilst gaining essential employability skills.
Short Breaks Respite
Our Short Breaks Respite offer is based at Shaw Farm in Swindon.
Launched in September 2020, UET Short Breaks offers a provision for children & young people (CYP) aged 5-17 with SEND. The Short Breaks provision provides afterschool, weekend & school holiday respite. We promote and actively encourage independence and life skills that will help the CYP prepare for their futures. Our Short Breaks Team do this by providing a meaningful and fun experience where the CYP can try new things in a safe, positive and socially inclusive environment. The Short Breaks team are trained and competent to provide high quality support to enable them to cater for everyone.