Ordinary Lives is a Lifelong Learning Programme, a Grundtvig funded Project involving partners in three countries. Czech Republic, Scotland (UK) and Slovakia.

The three organisations are

  1. Diversity Matters from Edinburgh Scotland,

  2. QUIP from Prague, Czech and

  3. Agentura Podpornych Sluzleb from Zilina, Slovakia

We have supported learners from each country to travel and explore the meaning of ordinary life.


Ordinary Lives

Our hopes for the Project were ....

That it would provide an opportunity for people from different countries who have learning disabilities and who have lived in Institutions or who have been marginalised in communities and who now live (or aspire to live) in the community to come together, share their experiences and learn together about how to live good lives in the community.

That they would learn about one another's life experiences and successes. They would learn about how to teach staff about the best ways to support them. We aimed to use specific tools to assist the learning and to tailor learning to suit each individual.

This learning would be shared with some of the people who support them. Together people with learning disabilities and support staff from each of our three countries would learn what works well and what doesn't. We would learn and explore some techniques of person centred planning that will help us all become better at the process of individualising and personalising services.

We aimed to follow this up by taking our learning back to other people with disabilities and staff in our own countries. We expected that the people who had had this experience would implement their learning in a variety of ways that they will determine during the project and would have action plans to help them achieve their aims.  The local activities will provide opportunities for dissemination of learning. One of our hopes was that after working together, people from our different agencies would continue to be in contact and act as Role Models and advisors for others who wish to experience community living, Initially in their own countries and then perhaps in other European countries

We planned to have interpreters who would be involved in all meetings and we aimed to use various different modes of communication including graphics.

Good partnership working and team work helped us meet this aims. See the page on outcomes for more information.

We were also able ...

  1. To learn from each other about the lives of people who have been excluded from mainstream life and learning opportunities in different parts of Europe (including people with learning disability or the label of intellectual impairment.)

  2. To find our what is similar and different.

  3. To explore the challenges we have all faced and how we have overcome them.

  4. To learn how we learn from each other and what emerges from that.

See the page on Learning for more information about this.