Unicorn Training to Take on Local Charity’s Very Own Alan Sugar!

Bournemouth-based online learning company Unicorn Training is the first local organisation to sign up for the Diverse Abilities Apprentice Challenge and take on the charity’s very own Alan Sugar, on June 4, at The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth.

The spin-off challenge is set to be fun, great for team bonding and very competitive and is being run by the Dorset disability charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities. Eric, one of the people the charity supports, will be taking on the role of business man Alan Sugar and his team of judges will include Diverse Abilities staff.

Charlotte Martines, a configuration specialist at Unicorn, rallied up the troops at the online training company that celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and successfully recruited two teams to take part in the challenge.

“Within 24 hours of proposing the idea to the office, I had recruited enough people for two teams, which just shows how the idea of The Apprentice Challenge really captured everyone’s imagination,” said Charlotte.

“As a Dorset-based company everyone really wanted to help raise awareness and funds for Diverse Abilities as it is a very worthy local cause. It’s sure to be a great day, although the Unicorn team that achieves the most throughout the challenge might be unbearable in the office the next day!” she added.

“Lottie Forte, who works at Diverse Abilities and is organising the event, said: “It is fantastic that Unicorn Training is supporting us and are getting into the spirit of the challenge. With two teams competing there is guaranteed to be some healthy rivalry, while both also bid to prove themselves top dogs overall.”

The challenge is a full day event taking place from 9am until 5.30pm. Teams of six will take part in three apprentice themed tasks and compete against each other in order to succeed and win on the day. There will also be a pre-event task for participants to complete before they arrive on the day. The challenges will be themed around equality, diversity and disability; therefore participants will also learn a lot on the day, as well as having great fun.

To enter the Apprentice Challenge the team fee is £100. The minimum age for entry is 18 years. If you would like to take part or find out further information, please contact Lottie Forte on 01202 718266 or email Lottie.forte@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

For more information regarding Diverse Abilities please visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus


Bake a Difference to Those with Disabilities in Dorset

Do you love baking and eating cake? Silly question really! Sign up now to the third annual Great Dorset Bake Sale, organised by Dorset’s disability charity Diverse Abilities, taking place from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 May 2014 and sponsored by social enterprise Supply Shack.

Join the Dorset charity in this week-long event aiming to make a difference to adults and children with physical and learning disabilities in the county. Diverse Abilities is aiming to recruit as many individuals, companies, clubs and schools to take part, have fun and raise as much money as possible to ensure the 250,000 hours of support across its range of vital services continue to run.

Beccy Payne, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “Over the past two years, The Great Dorset Bake Sale initiative has raised over £8,000 and we are hoping that the 2014 event with beat this! We are aiming to get over one hundred bake sales taking place in Dorset and hope the local community get on board for a very worthy cause.”

Everyone that signs-up with receive a fundraising pack with bake sale tips, cake recipes to choose from and how to make your Great Dorset Bake Sale event a success, plus much more!

All event sign-ups will also be in with a chance to win two tickets to the Great British Bake Off’s star Paul Hollywood’s Get Your Bake on Tour in Bournemouth, thanks to Supply Shack. The event will see Paul demonstrate recipes, reveal secrets of being a TV chef and take the audience on a journey through his life in baking.

Caroline Pope from Supply Shack said: “Supply Shack is a Social Enterprise offering business supplies with the aim to feeding profits back into the community. As part of this we’ve been working with Diverse Abilities Plus and are now more than happy to support the Great Dorset Bake Sale in May. Having visited some of the services run by the charity it’s clear that they offer a vital resource for families but desperately need continued input and this event seems a great way of cooking up some help.”

To sign up to the charity’s Great Dorset Bake Sale, please call Beccy Payne on 01202 718266 or email beccy.payne@diverseabilititesplus.org.uk.

Please also ‘like’ the charity’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus for ongoing updates and to view photos from previous Great Dorset Bake Sale events.

Provide a Dorset Child a Gift for Life

Diverse Abilities supports nearly 500 local children with a disability in Dorset and aims to enable families that have children with profound and/or learning disabilities to cope day-to-day in the knowledge that their child is safe. The charity needs to raise £500,000 each year to provide these vital services, and leaving a gift to Diverse Abilities Plus in your will is a way of helping the charity to continue to improve the lives of hundreds of local disabled children.

The people Diverse Abilities supports are living much longer and their needs are becoming much more complex. Therefore the demand for the charity’s services is constantly increasing and a gift in your will can ensure Diverse Abilities are there for those with disabilities now and into the future.

Leaving a gift in your will to Diverse Abilities will help ensure local children can attend the charity’s specialist school, Langside, which is one of the top schools in the country for supporting children with complex needs. It has a sensory curriculum and tailors it to a child’s individual needs. Leaving a gift for life will also ensure the child can enjoy short breaks and fun leisure activities where they will make new friends and learn new skills. Once the child turns 19 they can then go on and live independently in the charity’s adapted bungalows.

Nuisha Abab, Senior Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “No matter how big or small, a gift in your will is an amazing present from one generation to another and means Diverse Abilities can fund life-changing programmes that provide a better future for those with disabilities, and their families, in Dorset. A gift in your will is a vital source of funding for us as a charity and is one of the best ways that you can help us secure a better future for those people we support.”

Simon has been supported by Diverse Abilities for 32 years. He attended Langside School when he was a child and continues to be supported by the charity via its adult services. Simon said: “When I was three I attended Langside School. Now I live in the charity’s supported living accommodation and attend their day centre four days a week.  The charity is such a big part of my life.   I have met so many friends and I love helping out at fundraising events, volunteering for the charity and supporting my flatmate.  Without the charity, my life wouldn’t be the same.”

If you would like further information about Diverse Abilities and would like to talk about the difference a gift could make, please get in touch with Nuisha Abab on 01202 718266 or email nuisha.abab@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk.

Students Get Involved with Dorset Disability Charity for National Student Volunteering Week

Local students in Bournemouth and Poole are doing a few good deeds for Diverse Abilities, the Dorset-based charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in the whole of the county, as part of this year’s National Student Volunteering Week (SVW) which takes place from Monday 24 February to Sunday 2 March.

As part of the week-long celebration, Bournemouth & Poole College is running a five-a-side football tournament on Friday 28 February, between 11.30-1.30pm, at the Littledown Centre. Anyone can enter the competition at the cost of £2 per person and all proceeds will be going to Diverse Abilities Plus. The charity is entering a team and is encouraging footballing fans to get involved and dig out their boots to help raise funds for the vital services the charity runs supporting children and adult, and their families, in Dorset.

Students from Bournemouth University will also be getting involved in the week-long celebration by getting their hands dirty and spending time at one of the charity’s supported living properties where they will be gardening and redecorating one of the bedrooms for an adult Diverse Abilities supports.

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer and Recruitment Manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “We are very excited to be involved with the nationwide celebration of student volunteering. It is a fantastic initiative which gets students involved in their local community so they can give something back to society.”

For those that are not taking part in the National Student Volunteering Week 2014, there is still an opportunity to find out how you can make a difference to those with disabilities in Dorset. Sarah from the charity will be attending the Volunteer Fair organised by Bournemouth University’s Students’ Union on Wednesday 26 February from 10am to 12pm at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus.

Students can find out at the fair how they can volunteer with the Dorset disability charity by undertaking roles such as gardening, painting, attending events, baking, making craft items, working in our services or central office and much more!

Sarah added: “Volunteers are an invaluable resource to Diverse Abilities and are fundamental to the work we do. We appreciate every single one of them and hope that more students want to volunteer for us in the future. There is an opportunity for every student in the area to make a difference to the local people the charity supports.”

To find out further information about National Student Volunteering Week visit www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk or call Sarah at Diverse Abilities Plus on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabiltiesplus.org.uk.

Relive Well Known TV Tournament for Knockout Charity Challenge

Join Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities, for its second ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition on Sunday 22 June at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth. Relive the magic of TV’s greatest tournament while raising money to support children and adults with disabilities in the whole county, and their families.

Supported by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, the It’s a Knockout event is a fun-filled, action packed day of games replicating the BBC TV show that aired during the 1960s and 1980s. Teams will compete head to head with each other in many out of the ordinary games in a bid to be crowned victorious.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “Why not get a team of friends, family or work colleagues together and join the fun in this action packed adventure race! By signing up for this amusing event, participants will be actively supporting the work of the local charity, and will have a lot of fun in doing so!”

The event starts at 10am and will be finished by 12.30pm, therefore giving participants the opportunity to spend time in Weymouth after the event. Lodmoor Country Park is located near to some fantastic attractions, perfect for the whole family to visit during the afternoon.

To take part a team of eight to 12 people are required and participants must be aged 16 years or older. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Diverse Abilities is offering half price entry fees if participants register for the event by March 21, saving the team £60. A minimum of £600 per team (just £50 per person to fundraise) is also required as sponsorship for the event. The team entry fee after March 21 will be £120, which is approximately £10 per person for a full team.

For more information, or to book your team, contact Sharon Wells at Diverse Abilities on 01202 718266 or email sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

All aboard… Sail away with Diverse Abilities for this year’s Dragon Boat Race

Diverse Abilities is gearing up for its annual Chinese Dragon Boat Race taking place across Poole Park’s lake on Sunday 20 July, between 10am and 3.30pm. The event, supported and sponsored by Spectrum Housing Group will be raising vital funds for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

Teams are being urged to sign up now and join in with the event that sees teams go head-to-head in boats decorated with dragon figureheads. Anyone can take part – companies, families or friends – no experience is required as full coaching is provided.

Each team comprises of 17 enthusiastic members – 16 paddlers plus the drummer. An experienced helm will join the crew, to keep the boat pointing in the right direction towards the finish line.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a very lively and fun event to take part in, which is right on our community’s doorstep. Everyone that has taken part in previous years will be aware that all participants, plus the spectators, have a fantastic day out getting into the team spirit and cheering everybody on. Whether you are a complete novice, adrenaline addict or keen boat racer, you can look forward to a thrilling ride!”

Supporting the event is Spectrum Property Care, one of the largest property maintenance companies working in Dorset – looking after around 13,000 homes across the county for Spectrum Housing Group, other housing associations and the Borough of Poole.

Spectrum participated in the Dragon Boat Race last year and will be entering two teams this year. Following last year’s event Tina Partridge from Spectrum said: “Everyone that attended last year had a great day out. It was a fantastic way of establishing how a team can work together to get a good result. Even though we didn’t win, all the Spectrum Property Care team had a fun time and we hope that this year we will have more teams supporting the event while introducing a bit of healthy competition amongst our staff in this great team building activity!”

Tina added: “We saw involvement with the Dragon Boat Race as a great team building opportunity, while supporting a brilliant charity. Diverse Abilities is a local charity and has done tremendous things over the years and helped several hundred people that require extra help daily.”

Anyone over the age of eight can take part in the Dragon Boat Race, but they must be confident in deep water and wearing a buoyancy aid. An adult must accompany participants under 18 during the event.

Diverse Abilities is offering half price entry fees if participants register for the event by March 21, saving the team £85. A minimum of £750 per team (just £45 per person to fundraise) is also required as sponsorship for the event. The team entry fee after March 21 will be £170, which is approximately £10 per person for a full team.

Sharon added: “By taking part in the Dragon Boat Race, you will be helping raise vital funds for Diverse Abilities Plus. Why not take up our special offer and sign up now!”

For more information, or to book your team, contact Sharon Wells at Diverse Abilities on 01202 718266 or email sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

Brave New Heights for Diverse Abilities Plus

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is looking for people to take part in an exhilarating challenge this year. The charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, across the county, is holding its third ‘Harbourview 110ft Abseil’ overlooking Poole Harbour on Sunday 11 May and is looking to sign participants up now!

By taking part in this event, fundraisers will experience an invigorating challenge and get a huge buzz from the excitement of the descent, while raising money for the charity to provide invaluable support to the people it works with across the wide range of services. To take part in ‘Harbourview Abseil’, no experience is necessary – just lots of enthusiasm!

The abseil itself will be taking place on one of the highest flat wall buildings in Poole. From the top of the abseil participants will be able to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Poole Harbour. Those daring to take the challenge will be harnessed up and trained by a team of professional and highly skilled abseil instructors, who will ensure that those taking part are equipped with the knowledge and training to make their abseil safe and as enjoyable as possible.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “Nothing beats the feeling from standing on the roof top at a great height, knowing what you are about to experience. It is a great challenge to undertake and brave new heights while raising funds for a local charity that supports children and adults with profound disabilities in Dorset. The spaces are limited so we advise you to book early.”

To take part in the abseil, the minimum age is eight, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The entry fee is £10 and each participant is kindly asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100. A discount is applicable for teams of four, with the entry fee at £30 per team.

To take part in the abseil event or find out further information, please contact Sharon Wells by calling 01202 718266 or via e-mail at Sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk.

For more information regarding Diverse Abilities please visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus

Bournemouth University Volunteers Support Local Charity

Over the past few weeks a number of students from Bournemouth University’s SU took some time out of their busy schedules and volunteered for Dorset disability charity, Diverse Abilities Plus.

A team of volunteers visited Langside School, a specialist day school for children with profound and multiple disabilities ran by the charity, and spent a day clearing the overgrown bushes in the sensory garden in the school grounds. This is the first stage in a six month project to rejuvenate the area and provide a new sensory walk and wildlife garden for the children to enjoy.

In addition, a number of students took part in a five minute volunteering activity to make thank you cards with the charity’s logo, handprints from people supported by Diverse Abilities and accessories. The cards will be used by the charity to say thank you to its supporters. The students also made some fantastic Halloween tea light jars, which were then sold to raise funds for the charity that supports children, adults and their families with disabilities in Dorset.

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer and Recruitment Manager, at Diverse Abilities said: “We were extremely thankful to Bournemouth University’s SU. All students involved worked really hard and were very friendly. We hope the relationship with the SU continues and the students work with us again in the future.”

Diverse Abilities is looking to recruit volunteers to work with them on the Langside School project in the future and improve the outside area. Please contact Sarah Harrison on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

Bowl Yourself Over for Charity

Dorset charity Diverse Abilities is organising a fun-filled evening of bowling on 15 May 2014 from 6.30pm at Bowlplex, Tower Park. The event is for all ages, so the whole community can get involved and take part.

The ‘Bowl Yourself Over for Charity’ event will be raising money for the charity that supports people with disabilities in Dorset. It provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, as well as adults and their families.

Teams of five or six are required for the event and the entry fee is only £14, which includes two games of bowling, a meal and a soft drink.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “Bowling is a great way for families, friends and work colleagues to get together and have fun, while also raising money for a great cause. We are most grateful to Bowlplex, Tower Park for this fantastic opportunity.”

For an entry form please contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk.