The Maldon Pioneers
The Maldon Pioneers Association (MPA) was registered with the Charity Commission as an unincorporated Charity, (No 295993) in 1982. Essex Social Services initially provided financial support and some activity input but since 1993 the MPA has operated as a stand-alone charity managed by a committee of trustees, all of whom are volunteers, taking on the responsibilities for strategic development, organisation and fundraising.
The MPA's members, known as 'Pioneers', are over the age of 18 years of age, with mild to moderate learning disabilities and the Association’s primary aims are to provide social support, encouragement and supervision by offering a variety of activities which promote social, environmental and educational opportunities. It helps Pioneers to build friendships and enhances their involvement with the local community. However, it is stressed that the Association is not a registered care or support provider.
MPA employs an Activities Organiser who arranges the weekly activities and the annual holiday, if one is planned. However, delivery of activities is dependent almost exclusively on the support given by volunteers who accompany Pioneers on all activities and without whom the MPA would cease to exist. There are currently around 15 active volunteers although their level of involvement per week varies considerably.
Regular activities include a weekly group meeting and a drop in session during term time and an annual 'Summer Scheme' in August. Visits to local events and attractions are made during the year and we travel further afield during August.