In this section:
What we are working towards
Tenfold was established in 1991 as Leeds Voluntary Sector Learning Disabilities Forum and is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. We now use the working name Tenfold.
Tenfold is a membership organisation. Our members are voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who work with and for people who have learning disabilities, in Leeds.
Our aim is to work with, and support, our members to bring about positive change in the lives of learning disabled people.
We do this through:
- Driving Change
We gather and share information with our members about services and opportunities relevant to the sector. This includes information about services, opportunities, events, campaigns, funding, resources and more. We also promote and share members' news.
With the help of our members, we aim to highlight any opportunities and developments relevant to the sector. This information we share includes developments arising locally, regionally and nationally which will have an impact on Leeds. We use a variety of methods to achieve this including: our website, events, workshops, email bulletins and training.
Find us on Twitter @TenfoldLeeds
Through its representatives Tenfold aims to have a strong strategic voice. Our representatives fulfil an active role in developing new and existing opportunities for learning disabled people.
We will ensure that member organisations have a strong strategic voice. The representatives providing this voice should reflect the wealth of organisational diversity that makes up the sector in the city. We recognise that often we can represent an agreed view, but that sometimes we will be representing a set of diverse views.
Tenfold aims to ensure that the views of learning disabled people who are involved in member organisations are fully represented in developing new and existing opportunities in the city. We aim to ensure that statutory agencies value and encourage the voluntary, community and faith sector’s contribution and work in the city. We will adopt a proactive, supportive and accountable approach to representation, striving to ensure that our representatives have real and valued seats at the strategic table.
Tenfold places a particular emphasis on:
- A clear role for representatives
- Developing the skills and knowledge of representatives
- Creating an environment where representatives are willing to share skills and knowledge across organisations
Finally, we recognise the wealth of knowledge within similar networks and forums across the city and the ‘strength in a united voice’ this offers. Therefore we strive to collaborate with these groups whenever relevant.
Tenfold aims to be a positive force in supporting voluntary, community and faith organisations to drive positive change for learning disabled people.
We seek change that removes barriers which prevent learning disabled people having real choice and control in their live.
The need for change is recognised through our monitoring of local, regional and national developments, including policy work and campaigning. The input of member organisations that have a wealth of experience and knowledge and listening and involving learning disabled people themselves is very important.
An ethos of partnership working, collaborative strength in numbers and a can-do attitude are all factors helping us to drive real change and make a positive difference to people's lives.
"Tenfold gives members a strength in numbers."