Cheshire Buddies Out And About!

The Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme is continuing to spread its activities far and wide thanks to support from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The charity, which supports children and young people with disabilities, has adopted a real ‘can do’ attitude since its inception in 2004.

Click here to read our previous article on the charity detailing the impact of our support, which has included a Smiley Bus and grant for core costs.

Stephanie Lawley, one of the key drivers of the charity along with Louise Bailey, has now provided an update of more of the recent activities on top of the regular sessions put on for young people from across the county.

“We recently  launched a movie club where, twice a month, disabled children are taken to a local Vue cinema,” says Stephanie.

“The children get to see some of the latest film releases with their friends and love getting snacks in the shop for the cinema.

“On the way home they sit on the Smiley Bus talking about the film.

“This is a great experience for the children and one they would not normally get the chance to do.

“We also recently launched a new club called Splash Club where, also twice a month, a group of 12 go swimming at Dimensions Leisure Centre in Stoke.

“They love being out with friends and having a shared experience.

“The club is a great way for children to be with friends and to be physically active. They all have a great time.”

The Buddies are also working in partnership with other organisations, including Oaklands School in Winsford, and Northwich Multi-Sports.

“The Oaklands Buddies project has been funded by the Cheshire Community Foundation and offers days out and new experiences to children and young people from the school,” added Stephanie.

“So far the group have been to a Flip Out trampoline park, cycling and the Inflata Nation inflatable theme park, and again, it has proved another great opportunity for the young people to be together and enjoy shared experiences with friends.

“With Northwich Multi-Sports Club, we have arranged for disabled children to enjoy cycling at Wythenshawe once a month.

“This gives them the opportunity to have a go at cycling on a range of different bikes, keeping them active and also increasing their confidence.”

It isn’t just young people who benefit from the Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, with a ‘Changing Lives’ project also taking place to support disabled adults out and about in a supportive environment.

“The group visit different places on a Tuesday each week and are based at the George’s Community Centre in Crewe every Friday,” said Stephanie.

“In February the group went to the Chill Factore ski slope, bowling in, Macclesfield and to the cinema.

“As the weather gets better they will be visiting the beach or going for walks.”

Stephanie continued:  “All these groups have been made possible thanks to support from the Steve Morgan Foundation who fund the work the of the Buddies and provide a Smiley Bus which has proved to be an invaluable asset.

“Without the Foundation we would not be able to achieve as much as we have, and we want to thank them for their continued support.”

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