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HELPING YOUNG DISABLED PEOPLE LIVE INDEPENDENT LIVES
Its been a jam-packed 2015 !
Take care, look after each other and enjoy the magazine!
My name is Dom and Im a proud supporter of Action For Kids as
theyve funded my wheelchairs over the years.
Its been a fun, busy year at the charity and theres lots of
You can also read about what happened when my wheelchair was
stolen and I ended up on the news talking about Action For Kids and
the importance of my wheelchair.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support AFK it makes a
huge difference to many.
Action For Kids newsletter is published to keep you informed
about the charitys work and developments. The views expressed are
not always those of Action For Kids. If you would like further
information about anything you have seen in this newsletter or
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We are expanding our services to help more young disabled
Linking with even more schools and colleges to help young people
with special educational needs prepare to be independent.
there have been... Students gaining work experience and paid
Moving on to college
Learning to drive
Exciting holiday programmes
Police safety training
Voting in the elections and much more...
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Laya is five. She likes kittens, purple, going to school
and playing princesses. But she has spinal muscular
atrophy (SMA) and cant sit, walk or crawl.
With your help we got her a dragony wheelchair
and shes now whizzing around, helping her mum and
sitting with her family at mealtimes.
Its not just shopping and One Direction that Clare loves her
first ever electric wheelchair from Action For Kids has made her
really happy!Clare, from Derby, said: Its good, I feel confident. I
am independent now. I go on buses and go shopping in my chair - I
love shopping!Clare has cerebral palsy and her parents had to push
her everywhere before.Dad, Paul, said: The wheelchair was so
expensive, it was a pipedream. It has been a godsend, Clare can go
out by herself for the first time in her life. It means so much,
I S A AC
Isaac is six and has global development delay (GDD). You helped
us get him a wheelchair-bike.Claire, Isaacs mum, said: Were
thrilled. Now we cycle together to school, and we had our first
family ride along Portsmouth seafront. Isaac shrieked with
excitement. Thanks for allowing us to do this together.
WHEELS OF CHANGE
TO THE SHOPS
New LifeNew Lifeon the
Abdul, a former Aston Villa wheelchair football player, had
his life put on hold when he outgrew his electric
After we gave the 22-year-old from Birmingham a shiny new
set of wheels, he said: Thank you, everyone. I am
overwhelmed. I cannot stress how much this means to me.
It is like being given a new life.
I have muscular dystrophy and my body hurts a lot but this
chair is more comfortable and its given me a confidence
boost, Ive even started going out more - it is a
I am five and I live in Leicester with my mum. I have a
girlfriend called Maisie and I like Lego, Octonauts and The
I have cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. I really want a
blue bike. If I get a bike and start riding it, my legs might work
Would you like to help Alfie get his mobility trike and do more
Well, you can !Text TRYK15 10 TO 70070 TO DONATE 10or donate
online at www.actionforkids.org
Lots of our students want paid work but only 7% of people with
learning disabilities are in paid employment... so we help develop
skills and find the right work for each person.
Here are some of our success stories:
Annalie, wanted to find paid work and eagerly took part in our
employment skills programme and work placement at an Italian
Action For Kids couldnt have been happier when Annalie was
chosen to star in Channel 4s Kitchen Impossible with chef Michel
Annalie told us: I feel wonderful, really happy really excited
about the future.
I was nervous at first and it was tough at times, but I loved
every minute. All the people were so lovely.
Disabled people deserve to be paid. They just need
encouragement, then they will show you how many skills they have
and work hard and make your workplace better!
Annalies mum, Michelle, said: I am a very proud mummy. It is
lovely to see Annalie on TV, working hard. I hope it brings more
opportunities and paid work for her.
Action For Kids is amazing - being at the charity has given
Annalie enormous confidence and increased her independence. It has
been key to her development.
outgoing, friendly and
Yi Ling got her first job at a cinema after taking part in a
competitive panel interview, and her second after helping out at
her local Co-operative store.
Her manager was impressed with Yi Lings natural customer service
skills and told us customers came back just to be served by Yi
Yi Ling said: I was happy and excited when I got my first pay
cheque! I enjoy working here because I like my colleagues and my
boss, greeting customers and helping them.
Lily and Nathan are a young couple who like Mondays, love their
colleagues and really like making customers welcome.
Yi Ling With t
wo paid jobs, Yi Ling has impres sed everyone!
After building their skills with training and work experience,
they gained confIdence and paid work at Sainsburys.
Lily said: I get on really well with my colleagues I love them!
I really enjoy working.
Nathan adds: At first it was scary but it is fun and exciting!
You get to meet colleagues and choose your days off. Its a really
Nathan was even congratulated after a customer emailed
commending Nathan for his good taste and thoughtfulness and saying
she was delighted with his assistance when she was buying flowers
for a friend.
Well done, Lily and N
are NOW?I enjoy working here, I like helping people
Cant talk but isnt silent
Q. How do you feel when people laugh at your jokes?A. Its an
amazing feeling. I was hooked on it after my very first gig, its
just such a buzz. Ive always enjoyed making other people laugh so
to do it on a bigger scale is even more fun!
Q. Do you have a joke for us?A. I started off in a disabled
Steps tribute band, we were called Ramps.
Q. What advice would you give to us about getting a successful
career?A. I would just advise people to follow their dreams,
whatever they may be. Never in a million years did I think that Id
ever do stand up comedy but look at me now. As long as you have
passion and belief then you can achieve most things in life.
Q. Was it harder to get where you are with a disability?A.
Theres certainly been more barriers, yes. Obviously some things are
going to be harder with a disability, thats just the way it is. You
just have to see that as an extra challenge though. My disability
frustrates me all the time, but I never let it beat me in the
Power 100 Disability List 2015 - WINNERBBC New Comedy Award 2014
- A very funny guy. Ross Noble - A wonderful comedian. Matt
Lucas - Lost Voice Guy is fantastic. Sean Hughes- A great talent!
Our students Louis and Barry got the chance to ask Lost Voice
Guy AKA Lee Ridley, all about his life as a top comedian who has
cerebral palsy and uses an electronic communication aid.
LOST VOICE GUYLOST VOICE GUY
Myis my legswheelchair
Over the years, Action For Kids has funded Doms wheelchairs so
we were shocked when he had his stolen.
Not one to be left stranded, 27-year-old Dom told the TV and
papers all about it and the importance of being independent,
saying: My wheelchair is my legs, I use it every day. Its part of
Restoring Doms faith in human nature, kind souls on the internet
raised over 25k in just 24 hours for a new one!
Dom told us: A desperate and incredibly upsetting situation
turned amazingly positive.
Were so happy Dom finally has his legs back!
back on the
akes the world go round
Once again, we are one of GamesAids chosen charities !We cannot
thank the British computer games industry enough for their ongoing
support, which means we can help even more disabled children and
TOYTASTICOn a sunny day this summer, members of The British Toy
and Hobby Association raised a whopping 30,000 for the charity!
Staff and young people cheered them along while they tackled a
20km run and walk, a 10k family walk and a 72 mile bike ride.
GAME ON Book MagicAward-winning writer-illustrator of picture
books, Steve Antony, popped by to give our students a fabulous,
free drawing workshop.
Creator of bestselling books Please Mr Panda and The Queens Hat,
Steve also used to work as a disability school support worker.
Steve talked about what inspires his work, and helped our young
people build stories and create their own fantastical tales.
With up to 90% of people with learning disabilities having
communication difficulties, creative sessions like story building
are a powerful medium for self-expression.
Games innovator, Eddie, has been working with some of our
students to develop and design computer games in a non-technical
way and theyve had lots of fun while gaining more skills.Eddie
said: Games are a fantastic way to educate people but also to help
them share experiences and tell their own story, which is important
for people with varying disabilities, especially if they are non
The games industry is going to be bigger than the film
There are lots of job opportunities within the industry and
many, many roles required to make games on different levels.
Why not get involved with some of Action For Kids fun-packed
fundraisers?Here are some of the stories from this years charity
If I can do it anyone can...
Matt used to weigh almost 19 stone and was a self confessed
couch potato but hes transformed into a lean 12 stone
Whats his secret? Cycling.
Matt cycled over 1,000km in the UK and abroad, including part of
the Tour de France route in the French Alps, and all for Action For
Describing training as his fun weekly routine, Matt said: Im
addicted to cycling! People think Im crazy for doing as much as I
do but it is a great way to stay fit, explore, meet new people and
raise money for a great cause.
This summer, 58-year-old Sue popped her trainers on and ran 10k
for Action For Kids!
Sue said: Im more a tortoise than a hare but if I can do it
anyone can! I was never a sporty person in school, then after years
of watching the London marathon, I just started running again!
It was a 007 lookalike and 27 other Action For Kids corporate
supporters abseiling off the UKs tallest sculpture, the
ArcelorMittal Orbit!Trainee solicitor, Kerri, said: I was quite
apprehensive about my first abseiling experience being off the
tallest structure in the UK but it was a great experience with my
colleagues from Devonshires Solicitors and all for an amazing
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No...
Laura is an Action For Kids student, and Loukia, her mum, is a
volunteer at the charity. Sadly, Lauras aunty and Loukias sister,
Rita, passed away but in her memory, their family decided to run
six, 10K runs throughout 2015.
Family spokesperson, Kyriakos, said: We joined together to raise
money in memory of beloved Rita. 2015 would have been the year Rita
turned 60. As a tribute we have decided to run 1km for each of her
EVENTS From sponsored walks to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro,
running 10k, taking on a half or whole marathon, cycling in London,
Paris or in the duathlon, or being part of our headlining beach
volleyball championships.Read more stories and find out how you can
make a difference in 2016.You can contact our events team on 020
8347 8111 or email [email protected]
To everyone who has taken part in an event for Action For Kids
this year, thank you!
weve had so many out of this world performances
Rallying his friends and family together, Robert, 24, convinced
them to cycle 32 miles from Wigan to Liverpool to raise money
towards his Action For Kids wheelchair.
Robert, who has brittle bone disease and hand-cycled the route,
said: Ive been told by many that I cant take part in activities but
thankfully my family and close friends have never stopped me and
have always supported my passion for helping others.
I really enjoyed the ride - it was blue skies, perfect weather
and I wasnt in too much pain or too tired. It all felt worthwhile,
it was a great day.
SPINNING WHEELS WIGAN
LIVERPOOL I really enjoyed the
MEET USQ. What is your job role?Im Julia, the mobility advocacy
officer. I get involved in cases when families apply to us for
wheelchairs and disability equipment and I believe we could get
funded by wheelchair services or the NHS.
Q. Why do you do this job?I have a profound sense of empathy
with the families I work with. My youngest child Lana has cerebral
palsy and I want her to be independent and live an ordinary life.
Yet even having worked in childrens rights for years, it can be
immensely challenging accessing services.
Q. How do families respond?Families are usually keen for me to
get involved. They often feel worn down by the system and have
endless hospital appointments, disputes about their childs needs
and piles of application forms.
Q. How do you help?My role involves gentle persuasion, offering
creative solutions and making complaints. I save the charity 300 -
6000 each time I am successful. Families can also receive their
WHAT a lovely picture
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
Like any young adult, spending time away from home and learning
to work with others really helps you become more independent.
So what better way to learn than going to the countryside and
the beach to focus on work skills, with your friends?
Students focussed on team work, navigation, communication and
exercise while being taught survival skills, using GPS mapping,
climbing and much more!
Many achievements were made - for some it was the first time
away from family, for others it was the first time on a beach in a
Despite having scoliosis and using a wheelchair, student
Shaquille, was determined to climb the wall - and he did!
He said: I am proud of myself because Ive done things I havent
done before, and Ive been walking lots with my crutches and havent
used my wheelchair much.
Thank you to Wide Horizons and AFK partners Devonshires, M&G
Investments and Unum.
did you know ?*An advocate = someone who speaks up for someone
else and helps them get the support they need.22 23
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