BBC Children in Need has awarded £64,981 to fund three years of holiday activities for the Young Inclusive People (YIP) club at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden.
With the help of Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC), Aspirations Wellbeing, who manage the centre and run the club for young people living with a disability, are delighted to receive funding for project staff, session materials, safety clothing, trips out and activities including sports and arts.
The YIP club meets Tuesday evenings during term time at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden, for young people who are living with a disability. It’s the only club of its type in the county and draws children from across Northamptonshire to come along and enjoy a variety of activities with their carers. The club includes in its diverse membership young people with physical disabilities; young people with mental disabilities, such as autistic spectrum conditions and young people with complex needs.
Jackie Ackroyd, Activities Coordinator for Aspirations Wellbeing, explains how helpful the funding is in providing a comprehensive programme of activity suitable for the members’ needs:
“This funding will allow us to develop the club offer including providing activities during the summer holidays. With this money, we can provide a three-year programme providing an even better experience for our members.
“Many families with a disabled child find too many barriers to day trips, but the club can offer the support needed to make these wonderful opportunities happen. We can offer tailored provision for our members to enjoy new experiences and their families to feel secure in them being well looked after.
“As well as trips out, we plan to introduce a community project to the programme, where we work with a local organisation to provide a day of volunteering each year. This will enable the children to integrate better into the local community and break down barriers on both sides.
“The first purchase will be t-shirts for every member to give a sense of identity and pride in the club as well as help them to be seen in a crowd.”
Su Davies, External Funding Manager at ENC, adds:
“We’re delighted we have been able to identify this funding opportunity and the grant application has been successful.
“The YIP club provides valuable support and is well regarded by parents and the community. This money will help ensure the club can continue to grow and I’m sure its members will continue to thrive.”