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Bridge College - Together Trust

Bridge College Student - Together Trust

Bridge College is a specialist college like no other. We’re part of Together Trust, a charity that believes everyone deserves an equal chance in life – no exceptions. 

At Bridge, we make this happen.

Based in Openshaw, Manchester, we’ve been providing special education to young people for over 25 years. 

We cater for young people aged 16 – 25 years with physical and/or learning disabilities, complex health needs, communication disorders and autistic spectrum conditions.

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Surprise minibus donation for SEND pupils

The Variety Minibus donated to Fitzwaryn

Pupils at a local special needs school were overcome with joy after being surprised with a brand new minibus, generously funded by four charitable organisations, including St James’s Place Foundation. 

Parents, governors and friends of Fitzwaryn School in Grove, Wantage were invited to join pupils for a surprise event in the school’s playground. The event was organised by Ray Collins, a well-known local fundraiser who set up a charitable trust in his own name.  

Seconds after Mr Collins announced the real reason for the event, a shiny new minibus was driven towards the pupils and guests, who burst into spontaneous shrieks of joy and excitement. 

Sense Launch ‘Play Toolkits’ for Parents and Play Settings

 ‘Play Toolkits’

National disability charity releases instructional guides and video mini-series to:

- Help make play settings accessible for children with multiple needs

- Increase parents’ confidence playing with their children

Earlier in the year, an inquiry, co-led by Lord Blunkett, revealed that one in two disabled children have been turned away from play settings and activities

Nine out of ten parents of disabled children claimed their child didn’t have the same opportunities to access play, compared to non-disabled children.

‘#GoYellow’ for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

‘#GoYellow’

The charity Shine is calling its supporters and the public to #GoYellow during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week: 24th-31st October, to help raise awareness of these conditions.
 
Shine supporters will be having fun and fundraising around the #GoYellow theme, especially on World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Tuesday 25th October, and the charity’s logo will also be bouncing around social media to see how far it can go.

Events at ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day

ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day (Basingstoke & Oldham)
Date: 13th and 20th October 2016 
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

ACE Centre is hosting a Local AAC Services Day on 13th October 2016 in Oldham and 20th October in Basingstoke. 

The informative Local AAC Services Day will bring together teachers, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and other AAC and AT professionals from across the North West and South region to explore existing and emerging local AAC provision with local commissioners.  

Autism East Midlands Wins Charity Times Award with Brain in Hand

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements.

Implementing Brain in Hand as part of a Positive Behaviour Support programme across Autism East Midlands has changed the nature of incidents and the strategies used to support individuals.  The length and severity of interventions have decreased and requirement for restraint has reduced.  This has enabled staff to focus more time on proactive and positive development activities.

Preston man’s endurance charity challenge will raise funds for disabled children in the city

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A 35-year-old man from Holmeslack, in Preston, is set to put his body on the line in order to raise much needed funds for disabled children in Preston.

Garry Harper, has signed up to take part in Born Survivor, one of the UK’s toughest obstacle course events, which will takes place at Capesthorn Hall, in Greater Manchester, on Saturday 24th September, 2016.

The gruelling 10K run through treacherous terrain will see Garry having to negotiate a series of punishing hills, overcome running water and mud pit challenges, before pushing himself over, under and through 30 military style obstacles.

Shiver me timbers they're all talking like pirates at highdowns

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Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.

Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the old heave-ho to plan a fun-filled pirate-themed day as a fundraiser in aid of MIND.

“We were ho-ho-hoping for a good turn-out, having invited quite a number of landlubbers – friends and family – to join us for the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

“Fancy dress was optional, but our service users love the excuse to dress up, so there have been a lot of eye-patches, pirate hats and skulls and cross-bones around today.

BFI funds accessible workshops for deafblind filmmakers

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Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded £31,000 by the BFI (British Film Institute), to enable deafblind people to take part in a series of accessible filmmaking workshops.

The Accessible Filmmaking Project, delivered in collaboration with Kate Dangerfield from the University of Roehampton, will see ten weekly workshops take place across the country, each focusing on exploration and experimentation of film as a form of communication and expression. The project will provide creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.

BFI funds accessible workshops for deafblind filmmakers

accessible-workshops

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded £31,000 by the BFI (British Film Institute), to enable deafblind people to take part in a series of accessible filmmaking workshops.

The Accessible Filmmaking Project, delivered in collaboration with Kate Dangerfield from the University of Roehampton, will see ten weekly workshops take place across the country, each focusing on exploration and experimentation of film as a form of communication and expression. The project will provide creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.