Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 towards their 2019 Short Break at Hothersall Lodge in September 2019.
Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank Rank Pebbles for their most generous grant. This will make a huge difference. This will be out third short break. Everyone is already looking forward to it !”
Sporting Challenge have been awarded £200 for sessional costs from Bickerstock Music Festival. The cheque was presented at a special Presentation Evening in Rainford at The Junction Public House on the 6th February 2019.
Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank the Bickerstock Committee for their kind donation. 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 !”
Bickerstock gives up-and-coming local musicians the opportunity to perform alongside established musicians, and gives the people of West Lancs the opportunity to hear local talent. There are Open Mic sessions hosted by various artists on the Bar Stage throughout the weekend, and these are a firm favourite, giving local up-and-coming artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Residents from Bickerstaffe and beyond, are made welcome, and many locals get involved in helping to organise and run the event. Community organisations, are encouraged to get involved with the running and organisation of the festival. It’s a great opportunity for people to come together and enjoy music, fresh air and (fingers crossed) some sunshine. Local businesses can get involved, offering sponsorship in return for an advert in our festival printed programme.
Over the years Bickerstock has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes and charities, including a donation to the refurbishment of the Bickerstaffe Mission building; Bickerstaffe Pensioners’ Day Trip Fund; Bickerstaffe Amateur Football Club; Holy Trinity Church Boiler Fund; St Joseph’s Hospice; Skelmersdale Sea Cadets; local Girl Guides; Merseycats; Rainford Young Farmers; Barnado’s; Rainbow House; Bickerstaffe Parish Council Defibrillator project; a seat for the Parish Field; Guide Dogs; Air Ambulance; Animals in Need; Bickerstaffe Pensioner’s Social Fund; Crossroads – respite for carers and Ormskirk Hospital neo-natal unit and now Sporting Challenge !
Sporting Challenge have been awarded £2000 for sessional costs from the Lancashire County Council – Young People’s Service – Small Grants Scheme.
The funds are for:
Sessional staff costs.
Boccia and Kurling sessions.
Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said: “On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank Lancashire County Council for their most generous Young Peoples Grant. 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 !”
Sporting Challenge have raised £168.34 so far as part of this scheme. (10th January 2019)
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Sporting Challenge have been awarded £200 worth of funding from Active West Lancs.
‘Active West Lancs’ is a partnership commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver a three year programme to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.
The five partners involved are West Lancashire Borough Council, Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative, West Lancs School Sports Partnership, West Lancs CVS – Community Food Growing and West Lancs Community Leisure Trust. They offer programmes of early intervention and prevention activities for physical activity, weight management and obesity prevention.
They target different sections of the community using local facilities and green spaces. Both medical referral and self referral are possible onto specific courses.
Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 55 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.
Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.
Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund our 2019 evening sailing activities in the future. It is great that Sporting Challenge are involved in this project.”