Area of work
An NGO fighting for the rights of disabled, elderly and terminally ill people and ensuring that they get proper education, medical facilities, and jobs.
Cheshire Homes, a unique institution, has its genesis in the aftermath of the human tragedy caused by World War II. Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, a highly decorated air force pilot, was an observer at the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki in 1946 after which he decided to devote his life to set up homes for the disabled and other victims of the war. The first Homes he set up outside UK were in India starting with Bombay in 1956 which was followed by a series of homes across India.
Today there are 23 Cheshire Homes in India. Each of these homes is independent, managed by its own management board , serving the cause of the disabled, the terminally ill and the elderly. They are linked to the Leonard Cheshire Disability(LCD), an international organisation, through the Cheshire Homes India, National Council. Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) is a Federation of Cheshire Homes and Services in 55 countries all united together by the Global Alliance Constitution with defined ethical, transparent and social objectives.
Programmes run by Chesire Homes
Cheshire Homes India, a National Organisation, for the last 58 years has been working for people with disabilities, to make them contributing members of Society through Residential Care, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programs, such as Livelihood Training and Employment, Access to Health, Inclusive Education and Advocacy/Young Voices to sensitise the Government and the public at large. Today, the Cheshire Services in India is reaching out to around 20,000 persons in a year with disabilities directly across 22 Districts in India.
Residential and Day Care Homes
In the field of providing care for the people with disabilities
each Home focuses on different disabilities and provides care and refuge for disabled persons, the terminally sick, people with cerebral palsy, elderly men and women.
Cheshire Livelihood Resource Centres
In the field of Livelihood Training they have 9 Livelihood Resource Centres across India with outreach programs which are training and facilitating employment for over 1,500 people with disability a year. The core program of the CLRCs for PWDs covers Assessment, Training, Placement (both wage and self employment), and Career Guidance. It also focuses on Advocacy with the Government, NGOs, Industry Associations, media and runs sensitizing and communication workshops.
Access to Health
The health interventions include identifying CWDs/ PWDs through door to door visits, screening camps and referrals. The interventions include assessment, therapeutic interventions (physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy) provision of aids and appliances, part-financial support/ facilitation of corrective surgeries, procedures and medicines. Awareness creation and sensitization of the community about disability, health workers, sensitizing mainstream school teachers and Anganwadi (Government Pre-school) teachers, who are integral part of health intervention project.
Cheshire Home's initiative in the area of Inclusive Education through the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects involves working closely with the family members, counseling the parents. The identified Children with Disabilities (CWDs) are assessed for their disability, provide a preparatory education support at the Centre as well as through the community outreach centres/Disability Resource centres. The projects works closely with the other stakeholders like the Education Department of State and Municipal Corporation, the mainstream school authorities (both municipal/Government and private). Sensitizing the mainstream school teachers (both primary and secondary), Government pre-school programmer (Anganwadi workers), community health workers etc.
Advocacy Program / Young Voices
As India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disability Cheshire homes India is actively promoting the passage of the Disability Bill (2012) by advocacy programs at the highest political and administrative level. As a result of the international awareness on the Rights of people with disability, the Government of India in addition to providing reservation for 3% of vacancies in government for people with disability has in the 2013 budget passed that all large Corporations shall be required to spend 2% of their profit on Community Based Rehabilitation programs (CBR).
Young Voices Program : Young Voices Programme work for the young persons with disabilities with a view to develop their knowledge on United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD) and to learn how to use their voice in influencing policy and ensuring that the rights of the disabled provided under the various government schemes are made available to the disabled persons.