Breaking the Barrier Challenge 2020

Join our Breaking the Barrier Challenge and become a learning disability champion in 2020

We are excited to bring you a new Breaking the Barrier Challenge taking place on Saturday 20 June during Learning Disability Awareness Week (17-23 June 2020).

We are calling on you to sign up and take on a personal stamina challenge during lockdown to help you get fit, stay active and become a Learning Disability Champion for Lifeworks.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic that we are now all too familiar with, we had to make some difficult decisions regarding our physical events this summer. Breaking the Barrier, which provides adventure sports for people with learning disabilities and their families were in the group of community projects which were sadly postponed for 2020.

Breaking the Barrier events were to include surfing, cycling, sailing and this year we were looking forward to introduce swimming and running to the programme. The activities address the need for sporting opportunities that cater for children and young people with learning disabilities. Breaking the Barrier also gives the chance for family members to take part at the same time in a supportive and positive environment.

On Saturday 20 June, during Learning Disability Awareness week, we are bringing everyone together for a socially distanced Breaking the Barrier challenge event. You can take part either in your own home or for service users, via our online platform, Safe-Space.

Sarah-Jane Lowson, Community Projects Development Manager says, “We are calling on people to take on their own personal stamina challenge to raise money for Lifeworks. Our families will be joining us for our 2-hour online event but people can choose another challenge – from running laps round your garden or up and down your stairs or back to back keep fit videos – just choose something that you want to achieve and go for it!”

We rely on fundraising to run Breaking the Barrier which is a real lifeline for families. A parent said “I like the community feeling about the surfing days with the other families. No-one is judging my son, or me. The staff are amazing they go above and beyond.”

By raising money for Lifeworks you will help to ensure that we continue to help people take part in regular adventure sports when Breaking the Barrier returns in 2021. For more information and to sign up to the challenge contact:[email protected].

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CoronavirusDue to the social distancing measures of Coronavirus not all of Lifeworks services are running as they usually do.

Our residential services, Robins and Sesame, continue to run and have provided a safe home for the residents. Unfortunately, we have had to stop the short stay service at Robins for the time being. Our specialist College was closed for the Easter holidays but has now re-opened for a small number of students. Community Projects’ in-person services have been put on hold but the team have been very creative, launching Safe-Space a new online platform to provide a much-needed service to young people who are feeling isolated at home.

We are still working our way through these times where there is uncertainty and we are responding to guidance and instruction as information is sent to us. We look forward to the time when we can re-instate all of our services but the safety and wellbeing of our service users, families and staff is our top priority always.

Please continue to find out more about our services and get in touch with us to discuss them at any time. Email [email protected] or call 01803 840 744

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