Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser Speech AGM held at Holy Trinity Church Bickerstaffe on 19th April 2018.
“We have had a very successful year with total grants awarded of £30,600.
Our current staff team include- Anja, Phil, Iris, Emma, Ruth, Chris and Claire.
During the year we did these activities:
• Boccia/ Kurling
• Christmas party
• Carol Singing
• Coach Trips
• Computer course
• Talent Show
The Talent Show was a huge success.
We had two coach trips too, Llandudno and Blackpool. I hope to arrange a Lake District coach trip for August we have funding for the coach.
We now do bowling in two locations Wigan and Southport.
Dance is now provided by McDonald Dance. Our Music and Disco nights we run ourselves.
I would like to thank all our partner organisations who run sessions for the group.
The first short break was very popular. During the year ahead we to try basketball, pool, sailing and do another holiday this time at Castle Head.
We are going to have a Coffee morning in May and out 10th Year Anniversary Party in the summer more details to come. Our new disco is very popular.
We currently have 53 members which is a big jump from 35 when I first began in September 2016.
I hope we can continue to grow and develop and this will mean trying new sessions and ways of working.
I wish to thank all the committee for the support and all the staff for their hard work.”
Sporting Challenge in West Lancashire, have been awarded £400 from the Shepherd St Trust to fund activities for people with disabilities.
This funding is for swimming and bowling costs for sessions for members aged under 20.
Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank the Trust for their most generous finding award. Our numbers are growing and the majority of new members are aged 16-22. This is a key area we need to support. This number is set to grow over the years to come. We are working with Lancashire County Council to provide support/ sessions for adults transition aged (16-22) , this can be a difficult time for the adults and their families. There is a lot of change and they can easily move from school/ college and not keep their friendships. Our group can help people make new friends, grow in confidence and keep fit and healthy. If you are a parent who is interested please get in touch !”