Spring into Action Call Upon Young People For Exciting New Project!

22nd August 2015 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action has been successful in gaining funding for an exciting new project for young people with learning disabilities in the Ribble Valley.

Lancashire County Council and the BIBAs Foundation has funded Spring into Phab Volunteering to teach young people aged 16-25 key business skills and help them to set up and run a multi-activity club for other children and young people in the area. The project will see youth workers from Spring into Action teach skills to young people that will enable them to be fully equipped to launch the club next year.

There will be opportunities for 12 young people with and without disabilities to initially take part in the project, taking on club roles and learning everything from fundraising to marketing, finance to committee skills. Those young people will then become volunteers within the club, which they expect to launch in April 2016.

Rachael McHugh, Director at Spring into Action said: “We are told over and over by young people, their parents and carers that there are limited opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to access activity in the Ribble Valley; and that parents often travel out of the area to enable their children to take part in clubs. A group of young people we have worked with previously were really keen to get involved in setting up a group of their own and now this funding will enable us to take the first steps in getting it set up.”

Lucy Hamlin, Director added: “This is an exciting opportunity for young people living in the Ribble Valley to take part in an innovate project, which will teach them transferable business skills that they will also receive accreditation for. They can then take the skills and knowledge learned and use it in their future employment.”

Spring into Action was set up in 2012 to provide quality inclusive developmental activities to people with disabilities and specialist needs. They currently run Spring into Tennis in Clitheroe for young people to learn tennis skills and a healthy lifestyles social club in Great Harwood where adults with learning disabilities can meet friends and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.