Smarti Paints Limited is a social enterprise business which was set up following the passion of Victoria who believes there is a demand to provide adults with disabilities a social activity. That promotes social interaction, learning new crafting skills within a comfortable environment which can help build confidence and in time help to develop life skills and independence.
“Previously, I have worked at a day care centre for people with all types of disabilities and the elderly for approximately 12 months. Here I was in charge of ensuring each client personal needs where met, and taking them out Monday trips, making sure they are safe and having a good time and enjoy their time at the day care centre. I had the responsibility of making sure the clients are well, happy, medication is administered at the correct time and all the communication books are updated correctly. It was here at the role that I learnt to be adaptable towards different types of disabilities and how to deal under pressure with demanding and challenging behavioural needs.
Victoria has also worked directly with a man on a one to one basis who suffers with cerebral palsy for 18 months where she helped him with all aspects of his life from his day to day support, finances as well as helping and aiding him in choosing activities to help him develop. Victoria dedicated a vast majority of her time to this man to ensure he was given the most independence as possible, and in the process helping him to transform his life. Before Victoria started working with him, he was unable to feed himself and give himself drinks, after the time and variation of activities and environments the man had experienced with the time he had spent with Victoria he was able to choose his own meals, drank himself and had a complete self transformation.
After setting the enterprise up, I have worked closely with our disabled learners over the last three years and have noticed some great changes they have made. It really is rewarding to see them develop over the years and achieve things they never thought was possible