Learn about Parity for Disability and the people who use our services.
The Parity for Disability Mission: Excellence in the provision of services and support for people with profound and multiple disabilities and their families.
Parity for Disability exists because when young people with multiple disabilities leave full-time education, it’s like falling off a cliff. The opportunities and support they received as children almost disappear.
At Parity, trained, caring staff support people aged 18+ (called students). Our staff and facilities are equipped to meet complex care and communication needs with dignity and respect. Students are encouraged to take control, building and maintaining skills through tailored learning and social activities both indoors and out. We fundraise to ensure access to up-to-date, appropriate equipment and technology, frequent outings using Parity’s fleet of adapted minibuses, and input from qualified health professionals around communication, postural care and emotional wellbeing.
Our students don’t fit into a neat category of disability and few services have evolved to meet their needs. To maintain or increase the abilities that they have, to avoid loneliness, boredom and frustration, and to cope with most aspects of daily life, the students require specialised staff and equipment.
“Parity is very important in our daughter’s life. We need this service, to help give our daughter opportunities that we couldn’t offer.”
The majority of students live with their families, and so family carers receive much-needed respite, reducing the risk of breakdown, illness and crisis.
Families and professionals started Parity’s first service in a scout hut in 1991. Today, the organisation runs three day services in Camberley, Mytchett and Farnborough.
While the students are the core focus of our work, we also run:
An Activity Scheme during Easter and Summer holidays where young people with multiple disabilities do the indoor and outdoor activities other youngsters might take for granted.
A Music Therapy Service that operates both on-site and in homes, schools and other settings.
Although the charity receives fees, they don’t cover all our costs. We must raise over £150,000 this year. To do this, we operate three charity shops, hold fundraising events, and receive donations from the community, from companies and from trusts and foundations.