Lifeworks would like to say thank you to the following supporters for sponsoring Kool Clubs visit to London Easter 2017. Everyone helping make this trip happen has been so kind and so very helpful.
Because of you, 14 learning disabled young people age between 14 and 20 who attend Kool Club are having the trip of a lifetime to celebrate civic participation.
This story starts in the autumn of 2016 when Support Workers at the Kool Club realised that none of the young people age 18 and over attending Kool Club were voting, and that the youth group’s understanding of their democratic rights and political process was limited. So we invited their MP to meet them; explain her role and ‘take their questions’. She was mightily impressed by their enthusiasm and interest in political process and they were mightily impressed by how approachable and honest she was with them. There were some questions that Dr Wollaston couldn’t answer and she explained to the group that there was a woman she could take their questions to who may be able to answer them and that woman was the Minister for Disability. That is exactly what has happened and this Easter, thanks to all of you, a group from Kool Club will hear the Minister’s response in the Palace of Westminster and then some!
- Thanks to GWR they are traveling in style on the train from Devon to London – for many this their first trip to London.
- Thanks to their MP, Sarah Wollaston and her amazing staff, they are attending a briefing in a special meeting room in Westminster Halls and then having a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
- The Houses of Parliament Education Outreach team have provided accessible resources to enable civic participation across Kool Club.
- The young team are being supported by Houses of Parliament Inclusion and Diversity Officer and team working to enrich their Westminster experience.
- The young team’s London travel, including a journey by boat from Westminster to the East end, is being subsidised by the Houses of Parliament.
- Working in partnership with YHA is enabling Lifeworks and the young people we support to take part by subsidising accommodation costs.
- Thanks to Kids the young people are visiting Kids Adventure Play, Hackney; a state of the art adventure playground for disabled young people in Hackney; this gives the team the chance to connect with learning disabled young people growing up in an urban environment and gain insight into the similarities and differences in their life experiences.
- Thanks to Daytrippers Charity the young people are eating out at Planet Hollywood
- Thanks to Brigadier Adam Gurdon and The Really Useful Group the young team are to have a first time experience; a trip to the Novello theatre in the West end to see Mama Mia!
- Thanks to Ray Cooney Productions the young team are to visit the Wonderlab at the Science Museum.
- Thanks to Totnes Times running an article about Kool Club’s London adventure – readers have sponsored this trip through our Just Giving page.
- Core delivery costs (project management, staffing, subsistence & administration) have been sponsored by: Just Giving Sponsors; Parents and carers; Totnes Chamber of Commerce, Totnes Flooring and Devon County Council Adoption and Fostering team (x4 members of the young Kool Club team are fostered or live in Supported housing) and by Kool Club young people who generated £248 income running carwash and cakes in Totnes town centre over two weekends.
- Thanks to Soundart Radio the young team will be enabled to turn their hand to broadcasting as they are given the tools and training to create a programme documenting their experience to be broadcast by Soundart later in the spring.
- Tomorrow, Wednesday 12th April – thanks to the great Group booking team at GWR our young team will venture back to Devon in the same coach and seats that they travelled to London in two days before – for sure a little tired, perhaps more wise and independent after having their voices heard, hearing from the Minister, participating in community life in Hackney, visiting the Science Museum, Planet Hollywood and west theatre (all on their wish list) and negotiating all London Transport has to offer and hopefully inspired by their experience to participate in civic life from here on in – watch this space…
THANK YOU to all these people getting behind Kool Club – they are incredible young people worthy of your time and effort.