Posts from September 2019

Charity Whizz Kids are working in partnership with Youth Sport Trust, the national charity ensuring that every child can enjoy sport and Comic Relief to deliver a new project which will be a launch pad for young disabled people’s leadership in sport. 
 
The project, called Activate Academy, will launch in early September and we think that you might know a young person who could benefit. The project will train up young wheelchair users to become assistant sports coaches, and then provide them with a supported volunteering placement in a local sports club. After 30 hours of volunteering, the young coaches can apply to Whizz-Kidz for a bursary to fund a coaching qualification of their choice. They are looking for referrals of young people who fit the following criteria: 
 
• Aged 14-25 
• Full or part time wheelchair users 
• Highly motivated 
• Ability or potential to independently travel to and from events (funding can be provided) 
• Good communication skills 
• Interest in sports and leadership 
• Living in and around Birmingham 
 
Whizz-Kidz have ten spaces for our September intake and we will be announcing the application process soon. The young people who are successful will receive the following: 
 
• Bespoke coaching training delivered by Youth Sports Trust 
• Complementary training covering safeguarding, wheelchair skills and youth work by Whizz-Kidz 
• Peer Mentoring training 
• A supported volunteer placement in a sports club that matches their interest 
• Access to sports wheelchairs where needed 
• A bursary of up to £300 to fund a level 1 or 2 coaching qualification in the sport of their choice 
• Support to complete the Youth Sports Award 
 
The programme kicks off with a launch day on the 29th October, and we would aim to meet all prospective participants in advance of that date, so it would be great to receive all expressions of interest before the end of September 
 
If you have anyone in mind that might benefit from this programme, please get in touch with N.moody@whizz-kidz.org.uk for more info on how to make a referral. 
 
Nicola Moody | Service Delivery Manager – North 
Whizz-Kidz 
 
Friends of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, it is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of a very special person to us, Jeff Young. Jeff had been a citizen and member of our services for around twenty four years and has made many friends here.  
 
Jeff was a known most for his work in the art room and his paintings. It is thought he had between 500 and 700 paintings and was always thinking of his next creative piece. Painting inspired him and got him out into the local community. Every piece of work was a snapshot he had from a memory, a community, fields, country parks, pubs, Birmingham Canals, Stables, Tin Mines and more. 
 
Currently three framed paintings are being exhibited in 'Silver and Love' on Harborne High Street ahead of an up and coming annual community event, 'Harborne Artsmile', taking place on Saturday 21st September 2019. The jewellers were keen to exhibit work from local artists and it seemed like the right time to showcase Jeff's paintings in his memory. 
 
He was a lovely man and CPM became his second family. His love of arts also made him an enthusiastic member of 'The Being Heard Music Group' family. 
 
Jeff Young's funeral will take place on Friday 13th September 2019 at 12.15pm at Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Birmingham, B29 5AA. 
Below: Jeff with the Being Heard Music Group getting ready for a performance of 'The Railway Children'. 
Jeff Young left a legacy of artwork and memories with his friends here at CPM, he will be greatly missed. 

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