Outside the Box (OTB) is run by registered charity Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd and based in West Yorkshire.
Outside the Box aims to bring a fresh approach to enabaling adults and young people who have learning disabilities and other support needs (Our members) to achieve more and have greater independence, choice and fulfillment in their lives.
Since our launch, Outside the Box has gone from strength to strength: winning awards; featuring in the national media; expanding our services; and most crucially, through our innocative 'can do' approach helping more members to achieve their goals and discover and showcase their talents.
Operating as a social enterprise, we own and run a number of businesses and services.
- Outside the Box (OTB) community café, a thriving café and community hub that provides work experience, training and support for c. 50 people with learning disabilities each week and is used extensively by local groups and for many community events. OTB brings a fresh approach to enabling adults and young people who have learning disabilities and other support needs to achieve more and have greater independence, choice and fulfilment in their lives. We think ‘outside the box’ and do things differently so that people who need our support can fulfil their potential, enjoy their lives and be healthy and active in their local community.
- Outside the Box Works, over recent years we have enhanced our employment support for members through our ‘OTB Works’ programme. This combines tailored work preparation training, the targeted engagement of local employers and support to members to access, secure and sustain paid work opportunities.
The charity also runs two other services:
- Outside the Box Choices that delivers a wide range of workshops and activities for young people and adults with learning disabilities (LD) including arts, drama, music, printing, sports and health, wellbeing, independent living, all aimed at improving the lives of people with LD; and
- Carers and Companions a domiciliary care company with an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality of home and community-based support to elderly people and those with a physical and/or learning disability. CQC rated ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ for the quality of care, the company has a growing staff team and client base and is a leading provider of care in our local community.
We have a staff team of c. 70 people together with a highly committed and diverse team of 60+ local community volunteers. Whilst growing rapidly we remain a relatively small organisation. This means that: day-to-day work is very varied with less red-tape and quicker decision-making than in larger businesses; and that we all get to know the people we are helping and have a very real sense of the impact of our work.