Have a Flutter on the Horses from the Comfort of a Seat

Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is hosting a race night on Friday 24 October 2014 at the Hamworthy Club in Wimborne to raise funds for the vital services the charity runs supporting children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

The event is set to be a jam-packed evening of fun for all in attendance with gates opening at 7.30pm, with races set to begin at 8pm. Guests will enjoy a flutter during the eight races from the comfort of an armchair, a large projection screen complete with surround sound plus a compere for the evening. Bets during the evening will be priced at £1 with 50 per cent of the proceeds being donated to Diverse Abilities.

Along with the horse racing there will also be a pig race, which promises to absolutely hilarious! The pig race will be in the form of an auction race, where the event compare will auction eight little pigs to the highest bidder.  A proportion of money raised from this event will be for the charity with the remaining amount being awarded to the lucky winner.

The event is open to adults and children, over the age of eight if accompanied by an adult, and tickets are priced at just £3 per person.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser, at Diverse Abilities said: “Are you feeling lucky? Come along to our indoor race night with your whole family and enjoy a flutter from your seat! This is going to be a fantastic event and a fun way to help raise funds for Diverse Abilities. Places are limited, so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.”

Places are limited so get in touch with Sharon Wells at sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk or call 01202 718266 to book your place.

William and Julie Jump 15,000 Feet for a Very Special Cause

Local lad William Matthews, 17, from Chettle near Blandford, skydived out of a plane 15,000 feet in aid of Diverse Abilities and has raised a phenomenal £2,275 for the charity that supports over 600 children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

Born with XYY, a chromosomal disorder, William regularly visits the charity’s Children’s Team and goes on organised days out and enjoys fun activities, like any other young teenager, with the support Diverse Abilities staff. William chose to undertake a skydive and raise funds for Diverse Abilities to say thank you. William asked for money for his birthday and Christmas, instead of presents, to fund his skydive so every penny raised went straight to the charity.

Taking on the challenge with William was his mother Julie. She volunteered to jump with William in case he panicked on the day, but William took it all in his stride and his mother was the terrified one.

William said: “I really enjoyed the skydive experience and definitely want to do it again. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has sponsored me.”

Richard Matthews, William’s Dad, said: “Both Julie and I are ever so proud of William for choosing to forgo his presents to pay for his skydive and the fact he raised such an amazing amount of money for a charity close to all our hearts.”

To sponsor William and Julie and raise further funds for Diverse Abilities, please visit www.justgiving.com/WilliamandJulieMatthews

Diverse Abilities is on the lookout for daring individuals to sign up for an exciting 10,000ft skydive challenge on Sunday 14 June as part of the charity’s 60th anniversary in 2015.  All participants can jump for FREE, providing the minimum sponsorship of £395 is with the charity ten days prior to the jump date. There is a deposit entry fee payable of £50 at the time of booking the skydive, which you can recoup from the charity after your skydive. Alternatively, if you cannot make our event date, you can of course still book a skydive with the charity for any day of the year – apart from Christmas Day.

For more information on Diverse Abilities and for details regarding the skydiving opportunities please contact Sharon Wells by e-mailing Sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk or call 01202 718266.

Charity Challengers all set for Castaway Adventure of a Lifetime

This week, 12 men and women will be setting off on a life changing challenge in aid of Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities. From Saturday 20 to Wednesday 24 September the group of individuals will be taking part in a five-day survival event – the Castaway Challenge.

The five-day adventure contains fundamental elements of survival, which will challenge participants from dusk until dawn. During the event those involved will learn all there is to know about survival techniques, build a natural team shelter, undertake sea life-raft survival skills training, learn to navigate by sun and stars and take part in search and rescue drills, plus much more!

The challenge begins with a bonding night at the Bay View Hotel, part of the Quantum Group which also includes the Cottonwood Boutique, Ocean View and Total Health Studio Fitnessology, where all those taking part can get to know each other before heading out to the secret location on boats, kindly sponsored and supplied by Powerboat Training UK and Poole Boat Hire.

Ali, 37, from Octopus Personnel, a privately owned recruitment agency in Bournemouth, was the first participant to sign up to the Castaway Challenge. She said: “I can’t wait to take part in the Diverse Abilities survival challenge! I am obsessed with ‘I am a celebrity… get me out of here’ and I thought this would be the closest I would get to taking part, as I am not quite a celebrity yet! I am very excited to be taking part and putting myself into a situation that is out of my comfort zone. It will be an experience I will never forget.”

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “The Castaway ‘five-day’ Challengeis a once in a lifetime opportunity those taking part will be helping us to make a difference to the lives of children and adults with learning difficulties and profound physical disabilities. We’d like to say a massive thank you to this year’s event sponsors – Cottonwood Boutique Hotel, Ocean View Hotel, Total Health Studio, Powerboat Training UK, Poole Boat Hire and Cobbs Quay Marina.”

If you are interested in taking part in next year’s event, entry is £50 and minimum sponsorship is £550 per person. Diverse Abilities provide full support to every participant who signs up to the event, to help them achieve their fundraising target.  For more information please contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email sharon.wells@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

In addition to the Castaway Challenge, the charity organises many other types of exciting events including running and cycling challenges, tandem skydiving and paragliding, race nights, a Rugby Lunch and great overseas events, providing everyone from all walks of life the opportunity to do something fun and exciting  while raising funds for a good cause.

Celebrating Two Decades of Barnabas

The Barnabas day opportunities service for adults with disabilities in Dorset, located on Manor Avenue in Poole, will be celebrating its 20th birthday this Friday (5 September) with a fun filled day for all in attendance.

The jam packed day will include quizzes and games, a giant feast and a disco where all families of those the charity support are invited to attend along with some mystery guests who will be joining them for the day as special guests!

Barnabas is one of several services offered by Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, for children and adults.  The service is open five days a week and offers a lively and sociable hub for adults to access a range of opportunities, make new friends and learn new skills, plus are able to go out and about into the community. The aim of the service is to enable those living with a disability to get the most out of life, by undertaking a range of activities throughout the day.

At present 54 adults attend the service and their needs vary in complexity with individuals requiring complex 1:1 assistant and some with less demanding requirements but that are in need of a structured daily routine filled with opportunities. The service aims to provide disabled adults in Dorset with the best possible life and to make them smile.

Chelsey Mills, Deputy Head of Barnabas, said: “We are very excited about Friday as it is a landmark achievement for the charity, which has grown from strength to strength. Barnabas is a lively place where people can make new friends, gain new skills and enjoy a wide range of activities such as cookery, arts and crafts, wood work, swimming and even sailing. The service is filled to the brim making it a really wonderful place to work.  It is very rewarding to see so many happy faces every day, and witnessing first hand just how much the work done here at Barnabas really impacts the lives of those using the service.”

As a service run by a charity, Diverse Abilities, it is always interested in hearing from those that would like to get involved and volunteer. Volunteering can take many shapes and forms – ranging from those who would like to donate their time by running activities, or donating any unwanted items which may be of use to us. We also appeal to corporate companies who would like to get involved by sending a team of staff to undertake projects at the centre – this may include constructing furniture, repainting walls and gardening for example.

To find out further information regarding Barnabas please call 01202 739560.

For volunteering opportunities please contact Sarah Harrison at the charity’s central office on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

Visit the charity’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus for ongoing updates about the charity’s news and events.

Diverse Abilities Gives the Dorset Community the Chance to Make a Difference

The local community are being given the opportunity to join the Diverse Abilities supported living team and make a difference to adults with disabilities in Dorset. Those attracted to a career in care are being encouraged to attend a recruitment event on Saturday 20 September, between 9am and 1pm, at the charity’s central office near Tower Park.

The disability charity supports 35 adults to live as independently as possible in their own home and get out and about in the local community, making a huge difference to their everyday lives. The demand for the service continues to grow and the charity is seeking individuals to join its team to deliver the vital services that are crucial to the adults supported.

There are many prospects for those that join Diverse Abilities. It is great for those that require full or part time hours and there is also the advantage of undertaking evenings and weekend work, perfect for those that need to fit around a busy life.

No experience is necessary as all staff have the opportunity to gain qualifications, such as a diploma level three in health and social care, and full training is provided in-house.

Lee Brady, from Diverse Abilities, said: “We offer several different support assistant roles to suit a wide range of people that are looking for a job in the care sector. The majority of the adults we support require 24/7 care therefore we can offer candidates variable hours during the week and on the weekend to suit them.”

At the recruitment event, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the charity and find out what it is like to work for Diverse Abilities, while meeting a number of adults currently supported by the charity. Interviews will also be taking place on the day.

The event will be held at the charity’s head office at Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole BH12 4NZ. For further information or an application form please contact Lee Brady on 01202 718266 or email lee.brady@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk

Your Chance to Make a Difference

The local community are being given the opportunity to join the Diverse Abilities supported living team and make a difference to adults with disabilities in Dorset. Those attracted to a career in care are being encouraged to attend a recruitment event on Saturday 20 September, between 9am and 1pm, at the charity’s central office near Tower Park.

The disability charity supports 35 adults to live as independently as possible in their own home and get out and about in the local community, making a huge difference to their everyday lives. The demand for the service continues to grow and the charity is seeking individuals to join its team to deliver the vital services that are crucial to the adults supported.

There are many prospects for those that join Diverse Abilities. It is great for those that require full or part time hours and there is also the advantage of undertaking evenings and weekend work, perfect for those that need to fit around a busy life.

No experience is necessary as all staff have the opportunity to gain qualifications, such as a diploma level three in health and social care, and full training is provided in-house.

Lee Brady, from Diverse Abilities, said: “We offer several different support assistant roles to suit a wide range of people that are looking for a job in the care sector. The majority of the adults we support require 24/7 care therefore we can offer candidates variable hours during the week and on the weekend to suit them.”

At the recruitment event, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the charity and find out what it is like to work for Diverse Abilities, while meeting a number of adults currently supported by the charity. Interviews will also be taking place on the day.

The event will be held at the charity’s head office at Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole BH12 4NZ. For further information or an application form please contact Lee Brady on 01202 718266 or email lee.brady@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk