Posts tagged ‘Cerebral Palsey’

The Joe Bigwood Field Jubilee Event

Nursling and Rownhams Parish Council had a Diamond Jubilee Fayre with all the traditional sorts of stalls. The Bank Holiday Monday event organised by ASDA Community Life Champions – Julie from Totton, Mandy from Southampton and Cecily from Eastleigh – Had all the crafts and refreshments that you would expect, as well as a display of Classic Cars and a Dog Show.

There were all sorts of activities includeing   football coaching offred by the Saints Foundation, zorbs, quad bikes, inflatable assault course and Sumo wrestling and Follow your Dreams had their inflatable Pirate ship and organised a treasure hunt!

The event helped raise £485 for Follow Your Dreams.



The First break in ten years for South Wales carers – “the Bluestone dream”

It is always increasingly difficult to get a break, a holiday or any respite if you are a parent or carer of a child with learning disabilities. Some parents dream of a few days away but often, it is just a dream, well for 40 South Wales carers and their children this dream came true!

This week saw local Charity ‘Follow Your Dreams’ and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire work in partnership to give eight families from South Wales a week’s break to remember at the Bluestone resort.

The families have come from Barry and Ogmore Valley, South Wales, with children between 4-9 years attending Jenner Park Primary, and Ogmore Vale Primary schools. Teachers we’re amazed when Follow Your Dreams got in touch to let them know of the opportunity and worked closely with the charity to help coordinate families for the trip.

Bluestone has been looking at ways to work with the charity – which helps youngsters with learning disabilities to achieve their ‘dreams’ and build upon their potential. The idea of the holiday came about to provide a fun packed week for the kids, while mums, dads and carers receive a well-deserved rest.

“We were pleased to be able to provide much needed respite for the families with our unique ‘Free Range’ fun here at Bluestone,” said Liz Weedon of Bluestone.

“Our range of activities and facilities makes it a great place for the families to get together, have fun and relax – a perfect break.”

All the activities planned for the youngsters were exciting and created to stimulate social integration and team building, a skill that can often be lacking in youngsters with learning disabilities, while also building on their self-esteem and encouraging them to overcome difficulties, this included a giant outdoor laser tag that involved all 40 guests, followed by some “Welly Wanging”, rock climbing and a mud mystery tour for the Bluestone Dragon’s Golden Egg!

Mike Williams of Follow Your Dreams said “The staff at Bluestone have been fantastic, taking great care of the additional needs each family have required, on top of that they have made this a very special week for some very special youngster”

With all these exhilarating activities arranged for the youngsters, it also meant that the week would give parents and carers of the children the opportunity to take time out together, another parent commented “Often taking a child with learning disabilities on holiday can be more stressful than staying at home because of the unfamiliar surroundings, but knowing that your children will be looked after by a fantastic team of staff here at Bluestone, and with the involvement of a charity that actually understands is so reassuring, at last I get a break for the first time in 10 years.”

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Update on Connor

Some of you will remember our West Ham hero Connor, and we have a short update on his progress…

Connor and his family received the news that he was to be assessed on yesterday for either keyhole or open heart surgery, we will be kept informed by the family as to what surgery has taken place and we wish them all well. Connor will be in the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Our best wishes go out to Connor and his family and we will endeavour to update you with Connor’s progress.

Please Nominate Follow Your Dreams

Please take the time to visit your local store and nominate ‘Follow Your Dreams’ even if you don’t normally shop at the store, as a charity we could greatly benefit from being selected and help make 100’s of ‘Dreams’ come true!

Supermarket Sainsbury’s is inviting customers and colleagues to nominate their favourite local charity at their local store, and we need you to visit your local store and nominate ‘Follow Your Dreams’! The selected charities will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness raising support from that store, something that ‘Follow Your Dreams’ would really appreciate.

This is the fourth year that Sainsbury’s has been running its local charity scheme. It operates across the country at Sainsbury stores, depots and support centres. Thousands of charities have benefited so far from over £4 million raised by staff and customers.

How to nominate Follow Your Dreams

Nominations are open from 9 to 23 May 2012. A nomination box and forms should be available at the front of every main and convenience Sainsbury’s store, as well as in their depots and support centres. Complete the form and post it in the box.

Local staff at each store will then shortlist three charities that they think best meet the needs of the local community. These three then get the opportunity to talk to Sainsbury’s staff in the store about the charity and its work. One charity from the three will then be chosen.

You can find your local Sainsbury’s store at:

A 10yr Old’s Desire To Help

Luke Samuel Payne, aged 10, who attends St Peters Church of England School in Essex has a family friend who recently gave birth to a baby boy with Downs Syndrome, through this experience Luke wanted to help similar children achieve their goals as they become older.

After exploring what charities were out there that helped youngsters with learning disabilities to achieve their ambitions, ‘Follow Your Dreams’ soon stood out to Luke and he set to his own ambitions of raising as much money as possible for the charity.

His first mission was to complete a 3mile track in the Brentwood Fun Run in March to raise £210. Whilst he is not a natural distance runner his determination to support the charity and youngsters with learning disabilities carried him to the finish line.

Mum and Dad have said “they’re so proud of Luke and the money he was able raise for ‘Follow Your Dreams’, Luke is so determined to continue raising money for the charity that he has put a list of fundraising activities together!”

Students help school children to follow their dreams

Dreams became a reality for a number of children from Laleham Gap School in Broadstairs, with one pupil in particular being given the chance to fulfil his dream to perform on a cruise ship.

21 pupils from the specialist educational needs school were one step closer to achieving their dreams with the help of Canterbury Christ Church University students.

As part of ‘Catch the Dream’ the event at University Centre Folkestone saw Laleham Gap pupils paired with student mentors who have a specialist subject relating to their dream, such as animation, art, drama and dance. Throughout the day each pupil took part in one-on-one sessions with their mentor, culminating in an afternoon’s performance in front of their friends and members of the charity demonstrating the skills they had learnt, with a special dance routine from students and pupils

The pupil’s dreams ranged from learning to play the guitar and learning how to rap, to creating an arcade game and learning how drawings come to life through animation.

Debbie Morris, Dream Coordinator for Follow your Dreams, said: “Follow Your Dreams encourages confidence and self-esteem in all children. We hope that by instilling confidence in these pupils, they will now pursue their dreams and passions that have been started at this event.”

The ‘Catch the Dream’ campaign is currently touring the country as it tries to fulfil the dreams of 1,000’s of young people with learning disabilities. The charity also works in partnership with local fundraisers and organisations to help make some of the more ambitious dreams come true.

For example, 11 year old, Finley Gausden from Canterbury is even closer to fulfilling his dream to sing on a cruise ship.  Following Friday’s event, where he learnt a routine with the help of his student mentor, local travel company, Saga, has agreed to let Finley sing on the stage of one of their ships. Finley will perform in front of his family and friends on a Saga cruise ship when it docks in Dover during the summer. It is hoped the special event will take place on Finley’s 12th Birthday in August 2012.

The students mentoring pupils on the day of the event were from the University’s Broadstairs Campus, Canterbury Campus, and University Centre Folkestone (UCF).

Judy Challis, Volunteering Coordinator, at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We’re committed to supporting the local community, with many of our students volunteering on a regular basis. We’re delighted for our volunteer students to teach their skills and passions to the Laleham Gap pupils who share that same passion. It has been inspiring to see this happen.”

Kate Wratten, Head of Primary, Laleham Gap School, said: “We really appreciate the work from Follow Your Dreams, and the Canterbury Christ Church University students for giving up their time in the vacations to come and spend time with our pupils. Thank you so much to all.”

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Britain’s Got Special Talent Takes To The Road!

St Cenydd School’s Special Resource Base, Caerphilly and Ashgrove School, Penarth were the first two schools to take part in this years National Competition to find the next Susan Boyle! Jack Casey Hughes was Caerphilly’s winner with Josef Morley representing Penarth and both young men will be entered into the finals of Britain’s Got Special Talent later this year. Jack who sang Queens ‘We Will Rock You’ stunned the judges with his talent and he was over the moon to be announced  the winner, while Josef who sang the song ‘Still Alive’ from the game ‘Portal’ took his teachers by total surprise. “It is so fantastic that he has this opportunity, his parents will be so proud” said Alison Wilde teacher at Ashgrove.

Follow Your Dreams has taken to the road around Britain to find a star amongst youngsters with learning disabilities and the winner will get the stunning opportunity to record at Rockfield studios, Monmouth, where Queen recorded their all-time great Bohemian Rhapsody.

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