Thursday, 19 July 2012

Spotlight on West Midlands community partners

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We are privileged to work with a range of community partners, some of whom support the most vulnerable groups in society. Challenge participants thoroughly enjoy visiting community partners, many of whom they will work with in September to deliver numerous social action projects.

These projects are a way to help participants build relationships with people in their community they would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

Now in our second year of partnership, one group will work with a refuge for women and their families escaping domestic violence, run by the Ashram Housing Association. In September, the young people will run cooking and craft sessions and work on the allotment with the children living at the centre. Another group will work with Birmingham BMX Club to further develop a BMX track in Perry Park.

We also work with many care centres that support people with severe learning difficulties. Alderman Bowen is one such centre. A sports team from Birmingham recently visited the centre to gain a first-hand experience of their work and understand what life is like for the service users. The team loved the football session they ran with the service users.

Visiting and working with community partners is often the highlight of the programme for many participants and we look forward to on going partnerships this year and beyond.

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