School children design accessible ‘Mini Olympics’ for disabled Islanders supported by Butterfield
St. Peter Port, Guernsey: Local charity ‘We All Matter, Eh?’ put on a ‘Mini Olympics’ event as part of its Accessible Activities programme, supported by Butterfield, which aims to raise awareness and change young people’s attitudes around disability. The programme involves children partaking in two projects around sport and the arts with disabled Islanders.
‘Guernsey Mobility, Let’s Go’ runs weekly sporting sessions with disabled Islanders and welcomed local school children volunteering with its members. The ‘Mini Olympics’ event saw all ‘Let’s Go’ members participate in games and activities designed by pupils and staff from St Martin’s Primary School.
Karen Blanchford, Director at ‘We All Matter, Eh?’ said: “We are delighted to have put on the ‘Mini Olympics’ which is the first event of our Accessible Activities programme. The weekly sessions delivered by the ‘Let’s Go’ team have been really successful. The rapport built between the children and adults is fantastic. It doesn’t take the children long to see past the perceived disability and get to know our members, which has been really encouraging and what we hoped to achieve with this programme. We’re looking forward to our next event later in the year on Accessible Music with the School of Popular Music (SOPM).”
Lindsay Ozanne, Deputy Managing Director at Butterfield Trust (Guernsey) Limited, said: “We are proud to be supporting ‘We All Matter Eh?’ with this exciting series of events. The Accessible Activities programme is an excellent initiative which aims to educate young Islanders and raise awareness of disabilities. At Butterfield, we are committed to supporting the communities we call home. We are hopeful that these events will help shape Guernsey to become a more accepting, accessible and inclusive society for all.”
The variety of games that took place at the ‘Mini Olympics’ included shot putt, ten-pin bowling, boccia, football, target beanbag, basketball, egg and spoon, target bucket and unihoc.
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