Journey Enterprises was founded in Northumberland in 1983 by parents of people with intellectual disability. The Charity supports people with complex learning disabilities to develop life and employability skills. Our Clients have conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, fragile X, cerebral palsy and autism, Many Clients having both learning disability and physical, sensory or mental health disability.
Journey has three sites, currently at Acomb near Hexham, Wallsend and Coundon, County Durham, which house some of our social enterprises. These include community kitchens and a commercial bakery, woodwork and horticulture. The Charity also runs Hexham Bus and Train Kiosks. These social enterprises provide vital services for the community through which our Clients can train in employment. 171 people attend our service daily, aged between 16 and 70+, building lives as independently as possible. From a very low national average of 5.8% of people with learning disability (complex needs) securing work, we are delighted to be achieving 63% progression in our small Job Coaching service.
Our vision is for everyone to live happy, socially-inclusive and fulfilling lives.