Young Disabled Champions realise that RIGHTS makes SENSE
Young Disabled Champions part of the Voice is Power, Birmingham Children and Young People’s Parliament have been successful in receiving a £2000 grant from UK Youth Starbucks. The young people prepared a very professional ‘pitch’ for a panel of professionals which was received well. The Young Disabled Champions were picked out of 200 applications to plan, design and create a Sensory Garden at Rights of the Child Centre.
The Young Disabled Champions are a group of young people who are ambassadors for children and young people with disabilities in Birmingham. They ensure that young disabled children and young people have a voice in strategic decision making and processes across the city.
The Young Disabled Champions were thinking of other disabled children and young people when they came up with the idea to plan and design a sensory garden. The Young Disabled Champions want to give children and young people with disabilities who live in residential care the opportunity to enjoy a sensory and play experience at Rights of the Child, 150 Church Lane in Hands worth.
The Young Disabled Champions have worked in partnership with Parks Services to create a sensory garden that will give a variety of different sensory experiences. The plan for the Rights and Sensory Garden includes an allotment, herb garden, wishing well, hop scotch and giant games, wild flower meadow, bird tables, yellow brick road and under cover seating area. Every child and young person with a disability will have the opportunity to write their ‘hopes and dreams for the future’ on a stone which will be place in the garden. The idea is as well as create a sensory experience is to create an environment where young people can socialise as well.
The sensory garden works commenced in October during the week of Take Over Day and have progressed well with the herb garden, allotments already prepared and the benches, Yellow Brick road and hop scotch already finished.
The grand opening will be during the Summer 2012 – we hope to have a very successful launch with plenty of awareness raised for the garden.
Any more information please contact – gayle plant – 0121 675 7549 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article 2(Vulnerable Children's Scrutiny Committee )
I was very honoured to be asked to represent the Young Disabled Champions at the Vulnerable Children's Scrutiny Committee. The day went well with me outlining the important work us Young Disabled Champions do in the city to represent the Young Disabled people of Birmingham.
I highlighted important projects we'd been involved in from the successful bid from Starbucks UK Youth to plan and design a sensory garden, launch of anti-bullying week, to our involvement in the deaf awareness guidelines which have won a chamberlain award for best practise in the Equalities and Communications