Charlotte is a shining star

27 year-old Charlotte Aspley (third from the left in the photo) from Lichfield enjoys a good night out with friends and family but she recognised that many people with a disability are socially isolated and never get to enjoy an evening out. So she decided to apply for a YouCan grant to set up regular disco nights in a local pub especially for people with a disability. An Ambassador for Mencap, her work to highlight the challenges faced by people living with a disability has earned her a visit to Buckingham Palace. Charlotte raised £7,500 for the charity by running the London Marathon last year and got the chance to show off her medal to The Countess of Wessex, who hosted a reception to celebrate the Mencap’s 70th anniversary in November 2017. Living with Mosaic Down syndrome, Charlotte understands all too well the worries of people living with a disability when it comes to going out and socialising, especially on a busy Saturday evening. Charlotte said: “I wanted to help people make new friends and have fun together in a safe and secure environment so I applied for the £300 grant and we’ve now held two disco nights at Walkabout in Lichfield. The pub kindly allowed us to use the venue for free but we needed the money to pay for SiA licenced door staff and a DJ. “The first disco took place in August where 20 people who wouldn’t normally venture into town had a fabulous time. Obviously, the word got around because the disco we held in November attracted 46 people, so we’re really looking forward to seeing how many come along to our future events. “As well as the grant from YouCan, [...]

By |2018-04-06T09:46:32+00:00April 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Community wellbeing group receives grant boost

Friends 2 Friends is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and they approached YouCan for a grant of £300 to help with their plan of starting a healthy living group for people in and around Burntwood in Staffordshire. The new group, called Good 2 Live, is not just for people living with a learning disability as Alison Wellon from the charity explains: “This group is open to everyone with our aim being to reach as many people of Burntwood and the surrounding areas as possible to create a group with a real community feel. “We’re hoping to attract older people, parents, and people living with mental health conditions as well as those with a learning disability. Everyone is welcome and this grant will allow us to pay for venue hire, enable us to advertise the group and will go towards the cost of cooking equipment and stationery. “Friends 2 Friends are match funding the amount of the grant by providing volunteer hours to the value of £300 to run Good 2 Live. We’re really looking forward to offering healthy lunches and getting the group members involved in healthy living activities and wellbeing sessions aimed at building confidence and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. “To launch the weekly wellbeing group we’ve organised a free event to take place on Monday 9 May at Cherry Close in Burntwood. The two-hour event is open to all and will include a graffiti art workshop, street dance, aromatherapy, healthy living information, a raffle and the all-important buffet lunch - the fun starts at 10.30am so please come and join us.” To find out more about the open day and the future plans for Good 2 Live [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00April 18th, 2016|Successful Applicants, Uncategorized|0 Comments