Today was an exciting day at Landport Community Centre when the new Personal Independence Awards scheme was launched.
The scheme is planned to run over a number of years starting with the Bronze level award and provides young people with disabilities the opportunity to engage in a structured programme with measurable outcomes over a set period setting themselves physical and personal tasks and goals. The scheme will operate within our Portsmouth Youth Project (PYP) initially as we work to get it fine-tuned with the help of our young people and their parents and we hope to migrate this to other projects in due course.
The whole concept was created by our PYP Leader Chelsey Langdown and her team including Carl and Mollie who are really thrilled to see how much progress has been made.
Trustee Bill John presented the programme to a large group of young people and parents at the Community Centre and was joined by Chair of Trustees, Jon Muller and Charity Manager, Richard Soutar. We were delighted to welcome special guest, Michael Thornton from KSM Telecom who have partnered with Enable Ability to help reach out into the disability and educational communities to help publicise the great work in progress.
The scheme will commence properly in early January before which Chelsey and the team will familiarise their young people and families with the programme and get them ready to start soon.
Whilst programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh awards are exemplary programmes based on achievements they do not focus on young people with disabilities and we hope that in time our new scheme will become the de-facto standard for award schemes in the disability sector.
Please join us in congratulating Chelsey and the team for their excellent innovation and wishing them all success as they start our young people on their new journeys.
The Management, Staff and Trustees of Enable Ability.