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AIM project Celebration Day Festival

Action on Disability took advantage of the warm weather with collaborative partner HFVC and gathered together to celebrate the All in Motion (AIM) project on August 22nd at Bishops Park Play Mound. The three year innovative initiative funded by the Big Lottery will unfortunately come to an end in December 2014.

AIM was commissioned to encourage disabled people to move beyond boundaries, achieve their aspirations and career goals. It aims to empower young people (16-25) with disabilities to achieve life skills via voluntary work and prepare them for suitable employment, whilst assisting local voluntary organisations to break barriers and promote equality in the workplace.

The volunteers feel the experience has boosted their self-esteem and taught them transferable skills that will be beneficial in society. Many went onto Remploy’s Pathways to Positive Future Employment programme or College. The project also fulfilled its aims to help organisations to combat stereotypes and perceptions of disabilities by taking on the challenge to involve them more through work placements.

The event allowed everyone of all ages to celebrate the amazing achievements the AIM project has provided over the years. The disability summer festival saw an actioned packed schedule of music, sport games, knitting social club, refreshments, information stalls organised by various organisations and dance performances from the local community.

Mary Pierce, Disability volunteer co-ordinator for AIM was among the HFVC’s representatives attending the event commented: “I have got so much out of running this project with Action on Disability, who have been very supportive throughout and I have also learnt so much from the AIM volunteers who have been fantastic! They have been committed, hardworking, creative and above all fun!”

While Kamran Malick, the Chief Executive of Action on Disability added: “the project has enabled many volunteering organisations to challenge themselves and the barriers that exist with disabled people… It has raised the aspirations of local young disabled people and provided them with essentials that will enable them to go on and seek employment opportunities”.

While this project will come to an end due to limited funding, the great work will still continue and HFVC will move forward to find ways to provide volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities.

A big thank you to all those involved in the project!

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