Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire is going to be ten years old this year. The charity will be having a tenth year anniversary celebration in the summer. Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves.
Sporting Challenge are asking West Lancashire residents and businesses for their help.
Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “I would like to ask the generous residents and businesses of West Lancashire to make a donation to our charity in its tenth year. This will help us reach the next ten years. You could make a one off donation or sponsor one of our activities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07971 299606.”
Edward adds: “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the ten years. The support staff, the parents and carers, the trustees, the committee members and members of the group itself who come to all our activities and have such a great time week in week out.”
Sporting Challenge organises sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities which include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities. Last year the charity organised its first short break.
They currently support around 50 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.
For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.
For more information on Timesavers see below:
Here is our January 2018 AGM Chairman’s Report:
Chairman’s Report for Timesavers 7th Annual General Meeting.
Held on 16th January 2018.
Our seventh year of operation has again proved successful with the help of funding received once again from the Yapp Foundation for the Office Rent, Trusthouse, Percy Bilton for Equipment, Warburtons, Villages in Partnership, WLBC Community Chest, Community Foundation, Community Link Foundation, LCC Local Members Grants and Awards for All together with income from sales of greetings cards and shredding work.
We have maintained good links with other charities and voluntary groups in Certacs House and West Lancs who are giving us some admin work and shredding for our clients to do.
Thanks to Dot the sales of the greetings cards we produce and the money raised has been used to help with our running costs.
The client numbers have stayed the same over the past year with some attending on a regular basis for up to 8 hours a week using support from their Personal Assistants for part of the week as well as our Sessional Support Workers from EMSS, Divine Days and Linkability.
Also links have been maintained with statuary and other bodies including West Lancs CVS and Lancashire Social Services.
I would like to thank Edward for his assistance with Funding Applications and maintaining our website.
Finally I would to thank our committee of volunteers and the sessional support staff for their help and assistance over the past year.
We are working with new organisation Helping Hands details below:
Timesavers are celebrating a £500 grant from the Peter Lathom Charity. The grant will fund some of their activities/work.
Peter Lathom’s Charity provides grants to individuals in particular need and to local groups working with those in need – for further details contact Brighouse Wolff solicitors who act as clerks for charity.
New start date Wednesday 27th September, 2-3:30pm.
Timesavers have been awarded £400 towards their running costs from the Duchy of Lancaster.
The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity set up with the consent of Her Majesty The Queen to benefit causes primarily within the County Palatine.
Edward McCarthy said: “We wish to thank the Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth for our funding award. We know from feedback that our work is very beneficial, and with extra funding we can carry on this good work and work towards new opportunities with our trainees.”
Timesavers are a small parent run charity providing training and work experience in office and computer skills for people with moderate learning difficulties and are looking for local employers to offer short periods of office work experience one or two morning per week for the people we support to give them an insight into the world of work.