As some of you are aware The Peoples Project (carried out in partnership with Big Lottery Fund, the National Lottery and ITV) has selected Wac Arts among thousands of charities to compete for a grant worth of up to £50,000. If awarded, the funding will be used to run a project called “Happy Healthy Independent Living” which will support young people with moderate disabilities in their transition to adulthood.
Wac Arts will be part of a public vote on TV from February 29th (TODAY!), together with 4 other shortlisted charities from London. The winning charity will be the one who achieves the most public votes.
Voting opens on Monday 29th February, and runs up to 9am on the 13th March 2016.
Please vote and share, if you could ask your contacts and networks to vote and support us that would be great. To have a chance of winning we need to get everyone we know logging on and pressing Wac Arts!! Below is the flyer and information on the project to share.
Go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk and click on ‘select this project’ (or search for Wac Arts – Happy Healthy Independent Living Project) to Vote!
About the project
Over a quarter of disabled people say
that they do not frequently have choice
and control over their daily lives.
What does £50,000 mean to you?
Holidays? Shopping? Flash car?
To Wac Arts it means supporting 50 young people to become HAPPY, HEALTHY and INDEPENDENT.
Happy Healthy Independent Living will teach young people with needs a set of life skills that will greatly enhance their independence and help some find paid employment.Amidst the changes in the Children and Families bill and Education, Health and Care assessments, disabled young people fear loss of continuity in services over the next two years as the transition takes place. The work carried out by Wac Arts with initial students has proved to be a lifeline for them and their carers, so the charity is very keen is expanding this line of work.
The underlying focus of these activities will be to help these young adults develop their personal and communication skills to deal with the particular challenges they face, such as travelling around the city, living alone, staying safe, isolation, rejection and anxiety.
The programme will provide weekly sessions which offer opportunities for young disabled people to participate in various sports and arts activities such as aerial arts, boccia, climbing, dance, digital media, drama, music, pilates, table cricket, table tennis and trampolining. Additionally, it includes three residential trips focused on personal development as well as sport, leisure, arts and creative activities.
ITV will broadcast a short film about Wac Arts, and the other shortlisted competitors on their 6pm regional news programme during the week commencing Monday 29 February.
Go to www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk from Monday 29th February to view the video made by ITV about the Happy Healthy Independent Living Project which features our young people!
Voting is open from February 29th to March 13th.
Votes submitted after 9am on March 13th will not be counted.