The Me2 Club
The Me2 Club enables children with additional needs to attend mainstream leisure activities of their choice. This is made possible by recruiting and training volunteers who support the children to join in, make friends, learn new skills and most of all to have fun!
This is an ongoing project to ensure the continued stability of the Me2 Club.
Without additional support many children with additional needs and disabilities aren't able to attend mainstream leisure activities. A report published in 2002 suggests that 80% of parents who have a child with a disability said that their children could not go to local clubs. These clubs are vital for developing children's social and communication skills, their independence and their self esteem and confidence. Without these opportunities children can become very isolated.
By recruiting, training and supporting volunteers the Me2 Club enables children and young people to attend a leisure activity of their choice regardless of any difficulty/disability they may face. Volunteers are able to offer 1-to1 support and provide a role model to the child. They help them to join in, make friends and have fun!
The Me2 Club provides comprehensive induction training and ongoing support to volunteers to ensure they are able to provide the best possible support to their child.
Children and young people are able to attend mainstream leisure activities.
Activities» Recruit, train and support volunteers who are matched 1-to1 to support a child to attend an activity.
» To run training workshops for activity leaders around disability awareness and inclusion to increase their confidence and knowledge
Success will be enabling 70 children and young people with additional needs each year to attend a regular mainstream activity of their choice.
The project will enable children and young people with additional needs to access mainstream activities. With the support of a Me2 Volunteer they will be able to fully engage in the activity, helping them to develop confidence, self esteem, independence as well as enabling them to learn new skills and make friends. We have close contact with all the families we work with, as well as other agencies involved with the children (social workers, teachers) enabling us to identify this ongoing impact.
Insufficient funds to continue the project would be the greatest risk. We have accounted for this by establishing a reserve fund should our income but reduced for any period of time (this would also give us sufficient funds to close operations if this was required). We have also ensured that our funding comes from lots of different sources (numerous charitable trusts and foundations, local council and community fundraising) this ensures that we are not reliant on one funding stream.
Funders of this project will receive our termly newsletter updating them on the work of the Me2 Club. We will also update funders with any changes or major developments relating to the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £91,200Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £18,000 General Running Costs Cost of office accommodation,insurance, communication, equipment etc £10,200 Volunteer Costs Cost to recruit, train and support at least 120 volunteers (also covers their travel expenses / CRB) £63,000 Project Coordinator Cost Salary, pension, NI, travel for 2 full time coordinators to manage and run the project
The Me2 Club supports children living in the Wokingham Borough, Berkshire.
- Young people with additional needs gain independence and confidence, try new activities and have fun!
-Parents and families receive a regular period of respite each week.
- Volunteers develop skills, knowledge and experience useful for their future.
- Activity leaders gain experience/ understanding of including children with additional needs.
- Other children at the activity are able to spend time with someone they may perceive as 'different' helping to foster a supportive environment.
The Me2 Club has been successfully supporting children and young people with additional needs to attend mainstream activities in the local community for the last 7 years. We are highly regarded within the local community and receive referrals from health and social care professionals, families, word of mouth, other local organisations, activity leaders and families themselves.
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Without the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers the Me2 Club couldn't run.
Trustees And Management Committee
The Me2 Club is overseen by volunteer trustees and committee members. They are responsible for the sustainability and development of the charity.
Emily Radford, Project Coordinator
Emily is responsible for the day-to-day / strategic management of the charity.She has 15 years experience in the sector and is committed to inclusion.
Amy Russell, Assistant Project Coordinator
Amy supports the Project Coordinator with the recruitment, training and support of volunteers, fundraising and developing community relations.
to recruit, train, support a volunteer for a year
"your support has been wonderful, I look forward to continuing the relationship.”