SUSO started out in 2005, as a small self-advocacy group which met once a fortnight at a church hall. From this advocacy group it became clear that there was a want for a flexible drop-in where people could visit as frequently or infrequently as they wanted, but most importantly could meet new people and enjoy a range of activities at an affordable rate. After a few years of hard work, sharing building space and applications for funding the group were successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities team. This enabled the group to gain their own premises in Macclesfield town centre.
However, SUSO have not stopped there managing to secure a further 3 years funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities team. Additionally, SUSO secured funding from the NHS CCG which lead to the introduction of the Five Ways to Well-being (5WWB) at the drop-in. SUSO has grown so much from the self-advocacy group it started as, and continues to grow year on year.
SUSO drop-in is open Monday – Thursday, 10.30am–3.45pm, offering a wide range of activities, computers and a place to meet new people. All this is available at a rate of £3.00 for a half-day session, and £6.00 for a full day. Due to very low costs we are affordable to anybody with a learning disability or additional needs over the age of 19 :–
It is also very important to us to raise awareness about learning disability issues and we have regular planning meetings at the drop-in to decide the kind of things we want to do – like:
Invite guest speakers, pub lunches, fundraising, coffee mornings, newsletters, committee meetings, workshops and training, trips out, go to conferences, go to our local learning disability Partnership Board, visiting schools and taking part in community events, and to raise awareness.
Additionally, we run regular social activities in the community, such as a fortnightly pub quiz at a local pub. We also hold socials such as walks, pub lunches, discos, karaoke, bowling and more. We regularly ask our dropper-inners what socials they would like to do and sometimes they arrange social themselves.
See our ‘What’s On’ page to find out what is coming up, and have a look at ‘News’ and ‘Our Short Films’ to find out some of the things we have done at the drop-in and out and about in the community, and importantly see what people say about us ‘What People Say’.