Langside School Design Charity Christmas Cards to Raise Funds

Pupils from Langside, a special school for children aged two to 19 with profound disabilities run by Diverse Abilities, have designed a range of Christmas cards to help raise funds for the charity that provides a lifetime of support to children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

James, Amelia, Gabby, Angel, Alicia and Isaac all enjoyed designing the cards while listening to Christmas music. The children also received help from their teachers while using their fingers and toes to create their master pieces.

Each pack contains 12 cards and includes two of each design in every pack. They are priced at £4 for one pack or three packs for £10. International Cards & Gifts (ICG), in Ferndown, very kindly printed the cards for the charity at no cost; therefore all profits will go direct to the Diverse Abilities.

Simon Wagstaff, owner of ICG, said: “Diverse Abilities is a fantastic local charity. All the staff are enthusiastic and work tirelessly in making other people’s lives happier and easier. It is our pleasure to produce the cards for free as it will raise essential funds the charity needs. It makes business a lot more rewarding seeing someone else benefiting from what we do.”

To purchase the cards call 01202 718266 or pop into the charity’s head office located near Tower Park.

Boogie on Down to the Blues in Aid of Langside School

A supporter of local disability charity Diverse Abilities, Nivek Kerley, is holding an all-day Blues music festival on Saturday 8 November, at the Hamworthy Club in Wimborne, from 12noon to 11pm. All funds raised from ticket sales and a raffle at the event will be going to the charity’s special school, Langside.

Nivek previously worked at Langside School as a support worker and has arranged the event to raise vital funds for the independent, non-maintained, special day school for disabled children, run by the Dorset charity.

A huge host of artists have signed up to secure their place on the line-up for this special event and include headliner and founding member of both Bad Company and Mott the Hoople, Mick Ralph, and he will be performing with his band – Mick Ralph’s Blues Band.

Appearing alongside Mick and his band will be four times British Blues Award nominee Alex McKown; ‘Blues Matters – Best Newcomer’ Ben Poole; local progressive blues band The Blues Machines; Poole-based singer songwriter Chris Rogers; Langside School’s very own Couple O’ Sherbets and a very special performance by a special guest and British Blues award winner Jo Harman & Friends, who will be performing an opening set with a band featuring members of B.B. King, Lionel Richie, Joe Cocker, and Beyonce’s touring bands!

Nivek Kerley, organiser of the Blues for Langside event, said: “My two biggest passions in life are live music and supporting children with disabilities.  I wanted to do something to fundraise for Langside, which is a very special school to me and many families in Dorset.  As I love music I thought it would be perfect to organise an event that lots of people can attend and enjoy to help raise funds and awareness.  I’d also like to say a massive thank you to all the bands and artists involved in the day, and their management, plus the support of many local companies who have provided fantastic corporate sponsorship.”

Tickets for the event are just £12.50 and all proceeds will be raising funds for Langside School. To purchase tickets or find out more, please visit www.bluesforlangside.angelfire.com and to receive updates regarding the event including all the latest announcements please like ‘Blues for Langside’ on Facebook.

For further information about Diverse Abilities  call 01202 718266.

Barclays Continue to Make a Difference to Langside

Ten employees from Barclays Global Payments team based at Barclays House, Poole, spent a day this month making a difference to Langside School, run by Dorset’s disability charity Diverse Abilities.

Langside is an independent, non-maintained, special day school and provides education to 28 children from the ages of two to 19 who have special educational needs and physical difficulties, often with complex medical conditions.

The ten employees were split into two teams and cleared brambles, ivy and weeds from the school perimeter fence, cleaned fences and repainted them, planted two moveable flowerbeds with sensory plants, painted the school’s garage doors and cleaned the entire rear wall of the school and painted it white to cover a redundant mural.

Barclays is a big supporter of Diverse Abilities and earlier this year a group of volunteers spent many hours, over a six month period, rejuvenating an area at the school and created a sensory garden for the children to enjoy. The organisation is also returning in October to work on the school hall to give it a beach theme makeover.

As part of the day Adrian Faulkner at Brewers in Poole also donated 30 litres of white masonry paint for the project.

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer Recruitment Manager, said: “We can’t thank the Barclays House volunteers enough for the fantastic work that they undertake at Langside School. We would like to say a massive thank you to every single volunteer for their efforts and enthusiasm. A big thank you also goes to Brewers for its donation of paint.”

Emma Paintain, from Barclays, said: “It’s been fantastic to be able to support Langside School by building a new sensory garden and improve their outside space. We’ve worked closely with the school for the last 12 months and we hope that we have made a real difference to them – we are excited and looking forward to our upcoming and future projects to help even further!”

Diverse Abilities is looking to recruit volunteers to work on various projects in the future. Please contact Sarah Harrison on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk  if you would like to get involved.

 

Thank You to LV= Volunteers

Over 60 volunteers from LV= recently dedicated their time over a four-day period as part of an initiative concentrating on improving the services offered by Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities.

The volunteers split into teams and spent the first two days working at Barnabas – the charity’s day opportunities service where adults socialise and undertake fun and stimulating activities. The remaining two days were spent at Langside School, a specialist day school for children with profound and multiple disabilities.

At Barnabas the team revamped the stage area inside the building by cleaning mould from the ceiling, repainting and putting up display boards. The volunteers also put their green fingers to work by giving the garden area some care and attention, reconditioning benches, repairing raised beds and dismantling a chicken coop.

The team also put some final touches to the sensory garden at Langside School and gave the area a clean and tidy by pressure washing and re-painting the decking, decorative wooden beams and a terraced area.

Samantha Preece, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at LV=, said: “This is the second group of employees from LV= that have helped to transform the sensory garden area at Langside School over the last few months.  We’re delighted that so many of our people have given their time to create a better environment for the children at the school.  As one of the largest employers in the area we support our people whenever possible to go out and volunteer in the community.”

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer Recruitment Manager, said: “We would like to thank the LV= volunteers for all of their great work and support, they really have been an invaluable asset for the charity! Their enthusiasm during the four day period really paid off as Langside School and Barnabas now looks fantastic.”

Diverse Abilities Plus is always looking to recruit volunteers who would like to get involved with various future projects. If this is something you, or your company would be interested in, please contact Sarah Harrison on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

Do a Good Deed for Dorset’s Disability Community this Volunteers’ Week

Diverse Abilities is inviting local people to an open morning at its special school, Langside, from 10am until 12pm next Thursday (5 June) to celebrate National Volunteers Week – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the UK, taking place next week from 1 – 7 June.

The aim of the open morning is to thank the charity’s current volunteers, showcase the school’s new sensory garden, which was created by a group of corporate supporters, and give people ideas on how easy it is to get involved with Diverse Abilities and volunteer to make a difference to local people with disabilities.

Those that attend the event will be able to enjoy some refreshments while wandering around the garden or chatting to the charity’s staff, people it supports or current volunteers. Tours of Langside School, which provides education to 28 children from the ages of two to 19 who have special educational needs and physical difficulties, will also be available on the day.

National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and at the open morning Diverse Abilities will be asking people in Dorset to get involved and pledge just 30 minutes of their time to the charity.

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer and Recruitment Manager, at Diverse Abilities, said: “In just 30 minutes you can actually achieve quite a lot that can really help the charity and the people it supports. For example – plant a seed for one of our adults we support’s garden, undertake some research online for our central office, bake some cakes to help raise funds or distribute some collection pots or leaflets in your local area… these are just a few ideas and there are many more!”

Currently 100 individuals in the Dorset community volunteer for the charity, plus a number of local businesses including Barclays, LV=, Nationwide and Bournemouth University, who volunteer on a project basis. Based on these volunteers providing an average of two hours of their time every month, the value of this contribution each year is in excess of £25,000, which is very important for a not-for-profit organisation such as Diverse Abilities.

Diverse Abilities Plus sees its volunteer base as a core asset in leading the organisation towards its goals and all volunteers are treated with respect and appreciation of the contribution they make. By volunteering with the charity individuals can build upon their skills and knowledge and are encouraged to be creative and innovative. The charity assists them to achieve their full potential within their appointed role and a personal or professional gain from their involvement.

Sarah added: “We are strongly supporting Volunteers’ Week as there are many benefits to volunteering and getting involved in the local community. No matter what your age or ability, there will be something that is perfect for you. We hope many people come along to our open morning and see what difference they can make to children and adults with disabilities.”

If you would like to attend the event or find out more information, please contact Sarah on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk.

Brand New Sensory Garden at Langside School is Officially Open!

Children, parents and staff at Langside School, an independent, non-maintained, special day school run by Dorset charity Diverse Abilities, celebrated the official opening of a brand new sensory garden this week thanks to the hard work of volunteers from Barclays, ISS Landscaping and MA Hart plus donations of materials from Gibbs & Dandy and New Milton Sand & Ballast.

The sensory garden has been a six month project to rejuvenate the outside area at the school, which provides education to 28 children from the ages of two to 19 who have special educational needs and physical difficulties, often with complex medical conditions.

Volunteers from the local businesses started from scratch to revamp the area for the children to enjoy ready for this summer by clearing plants, weeds and mounds of undergrowth before moving onto digging up the garden, setting concrete borders and planting sensory plants and installing sensory items that the children can easily reach when they visit the garden.

The garden was completed with a sensory arch at the entrance to the area, which was kindly donated by the Barclays team. David Wilson, the Director of Infrastructure at Barclays Global Payments, officially opened the new garden area alongside parents and children from the school and said: “As a major employer in the Dorset region, Barclays – in conjunction with its corporate partners – has an incredibly strong community programme and I am very proud of the efforts of all 25 of the volunteers in creating something very special for such a worthwhile cause.”

Jon Seaward, School Principal, said: “The transformation of the sensory garden is just astonishing and we can’t wait to see the children benefiting from all the efforts made from all our fantastic volunteers this summer.”

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer Recruitment Manager, said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for the fantastic work that has been undertaken at Langside School. The area looks fabulous and we want to say a massive thank you to every single volunteer for their efforts and enthusiasm.”

Diverse Abilities is always on the lookout for volunteers to help out on projects that will further fulfil the lives of adults and children with disabilities in Dorset. Please contact Sarah Harrison on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk if you would like to get involved and donate some of your spare time.

LV= Volunteers Brave the Wet Weather to Make a Difference to Charity School

Children at charity run Langside School in Poole will now be able to enjoy their garden area even more this summer thanks to a team of 21 volunteers from LV= in Bournemouth.

The volunteers braved the wet weather and spent a whole day renovating the wildlife garden by reconditioning the rockery, repairing paving and replanting flowers and plants. They also created a brand new sensory garden area for the younger children, painted some woodwork and made a new balustrade for the decking area. LV= contributed £250 worth of materials for the project.

Samantha Preece, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at LV=, said: “I’m delighted to see how hard the LV= team has worked to create the sensory garden at Langside School. I hope the children and staff will enjoy using the space for years to come.”

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer Recruitment Manager, said: “We can’t thank LV= volunteers enough for the fantastic work that was undertaken at Langside School. The area looks great and we want to say a massive thank you to every single volunteer for their efforts on the day.”

Langside is an independent, non-maintained, special day school run by Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, and provides education to 28 children from the ages of two to 19 who have special educational needs and physical difficulties, often with complex medical conditions.

Diverse Abilities is looking to recruit volunteers to work on various projects in the future. Please contact Sarah Harrison on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

 

Condor Ferries raises £800 for Diverse Abilities Plus

Condor Ferries today presented a cheque for £800 to the Dorset-based disability charity Diverse Abilities, following fundraising at its recent open day.

Over 3,000 visitors were welcomed on board the fast ferry Condor Express for the open day – held last month – which saw generous visitors dig deep into their pockets for the fundraising activities including competitions, raffles and collection tins.

The open day was held at Poole Quay for a day of free fun for all the family during the Easter holidays and as part of Condor Ferries’ 50th anniversary celebrations. Condor Express was decorated with gold balloons and bunting, and visitors were invited to take part in themed activities on board, including a 50th anniversary quiz as part of its fundraising efforts.

Earlier today at the charity’s special school, Langside, in Poole, Alicia Andrews, Sales and Marketing Director at Condor Ferries, presented the cheque to Fiona Hansford, Diverse Abilities’ Corporate & Community Manager.

Alicia Andrews commented: “We would like to thank all the visitors for their generous contributions which have made it possible for us to present this cheque to Diverse Abilities Plus today. We know how important the charity is to the people of Dorset, and we are proud, as a local business ourselves, to support that.”

Fiona Hansfordadded: “Thank you so much to Condor Ferries for supporting Diverse Abilities at their recent Open Day. The money raised will make a real difference to the people we support. As an example, it could fund 16 two hour play sessions for a child with disabilities to enjoy whilst fully supported by trained support workers. Amazing!”

Diverse Abilities is the only charity that has been supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities in Dorset for 59 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults with disabilities, and their families.

To find out more visit www.condorferries.com