Learning disabled young people have been busy Breaking the Barrier across Devon, Torbay and Cornwall thanks to the AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND

01 July 2017 Surfing at Saunton

35 learning disabled young people and their families braved the waters to surf with the fantastic Saunton Hotdoggers – some for the first time ever. The event attracted families from Torbay, Devon, Somerset, London and even further afield.  It was a beautiful day in the sun. Participants got to listen to the amazing sounds of the Energia Samba Band who came out in force to support the event, and got a lovely ice cream treat courtesy of the Saunton Break Café as a well done for surfing. Lifeworks wants to say a BIG thank you to everyone who made this happen:

“Thank you for giving J the opportunity to try out surfing!  He had a fantastic time, was laughing & happy and loved it.” BTB Mum from Devon

“Thanks for providing our disabled daughter with a wonderful and unique experience!” BTB Mum

“Our daughter L (who cannot communicate very well) had a fab time and enjoyed every minute of it! It was a unique opportunity for her which we would have never experienced had it not been for the support of Orchard House Saturday Club and yourselves!”

“Thank you for a fab day, F had a fantastic time, so much so he hired a board and went back in on Sunday. All the staff were amazing with him and he felt totally safe at all times. A truly amazing experience.”

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29 July 2017 Cycling at the Torbay Velopark

Our first ever cycling event  – a very wet and windy day but quite incredibly 71 learning disabled young people and their families came to cycle at the Velopark. The event was beautifully enabled by the Torbay Velopark, Freetrike, Wheels for All and The Torbay Velopark Veterans working together to make sure these young people had the best of times whatever the weather:

“Thank you everyone for your time and energy organising the cycling today – shame about the British weather!! Chris managed 101 laps and came home very pleased with himself!!”

“We had an absolutely fabulous time, we didn’t want to leave.”

“It was great for C to cycle with a “proper cyclist” and mixing with other young people provides a social event.”

“Many thanks for your hospitality on Saturday. It was an amazing event, and such a pleasure to be part of. Great to see so many young people enjoying cycling, both indoors and on the velopark track. The rain did not dampen spirits. I do hope that we will have the opportunity of supporting future sessions at the track.” Ken Velopark Veteran.

There is a lot of interest from families who attended this session in the idea of developing a regular cycle session for learning disabled young people and the Mid Devon Cycling Club have invited Lifeworks to court their  partnership to move this idea forward

Watch this space Ken…

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Saturday 05 August 2017 Trampolining at Ibounce Bodmin

42 learning disabled young people took to the Trampolines at Ibounce in Bodmin. Their biggest trampoline park bounced over backwards to make us as welcome as possible  – with a desensitised one hour session;  reduced levels of noise, an absence of flashing lights and higher ratio support gave young people the chance to get comfortable in the space and try new things.

The event was facilitated by a great volunteer team made up of parents and carers and this time we had young volunteers too. Incredibly all of the young people went on to join the public session that ran straight after.

“Having a double session is a really good idea. Found the staff at IBounce very supportive.”

Ibounce is working with Active Devon to deliver Inclusive Trampoline Sessions at their centre in Newton Abbot

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NEXT UP:
Breaking the Barrier 10 Year Celebration Event
Bigbury Beach Sunday 03 September 2017

32 learning disabled young people age 8-25 are getting set to complete their triathlon surfing at Bigbury. They will be joined by family, friends and another 40 learning disabled young people some of whom will be surfing for the first time ever.

The event has mustered incredible voluntary support with the Saunton Hotdoggers making a guest appearance to help Discovery Surfing enable the young surfers, the Totnes Rotary are coming to feed the 5000, JLT who have sponsored lots of On the Beach activities and are volunteering on mass, local community groups who are providing free activities on the beach, and workers with the NHS and Children’s Services who have also decided to give up their time to make this event happen.

Then of course we have a very special guest coming to award our Breaking the Barrier triathletes with their certificates  – Mark Fosbrook  – Team GB and Regional Officer for the English Federation of Disability Sport. Inspired by his experience of Breaking the Barrier and this year’s first ever cycling event, Finlay, who has been surfing with us for many years, is cycling all the way to Bigbury from the Lifeworks base in Dartington just in time for the last surf session. His aim is to inspire other learning disabled young people to take up adventure sports with Lifeworks and Breaking the Barrier.

The Bigbury event runs all day 10am – 3pm – see you there.

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