The Pen Group
This is the role of the Pen Group which meets every week in Falkirk’s Park Street Adult Learning Centre.
The group is very popular and has a healthy number of members, around 25, some of whom have been benefiting from attending since it started 15 years ago.
Activities range from organising a talent show night, fundraising, learning how to deal with money, talks by guest speakers and group discussions.
Support worker Netta Cummings said: “It is important to enjoy yourself when you are involved with a club, but we have made important changes here at Park Street creating a focused atmosphere for students’ needs, as well as maintaining the vital social aspects of the club.
“Our aim is to help people with special needs to become more independent out in the community. The running and organisation of the club is decided by the members within the club.
“All in all, here at Park Street we look to promote responsibility, hoping this will give people the opportunity to choose for themselves.”