The Mae Murray Foundation, based in Larne, creates inclusive environments that welcome people who might otherwise be excluded because they have a disability, a medical condition, or other types of physical limitations.
They are using their £10,000 Awards for All grant to run a summer scheme for young people who have significant and complex disabilities and/or medical conditions. The summer scheme will include five days at Girdwood Community facility in Belfast, and five day trips further afield.
How are they People Led?
The Foundation is led by its members. The people who use the Foundation’s services are involved in the Foundation’s Board and its Advisory Committee. Specifically, this project has been requested, co-designed, and driven by both existing members and parents of children with disabilities who aren’t yet part of the group.
After initial discussions at the Foundation’s AGM, a small group of parents from different geographic areas came together to spearhead the project. They surveyed other families using questionnaires, focus groups, and social media. They also got in touch with local schools for children with disabilities, health trust therapists, and social workers to get input from a wide range of families.
Parents clearly identified the need for a summer scheme to support their families out of term time. They also expressed their concerns about taking their children to the beach for the first time, the difficulty of choosing appropriate toys that will help their children’s development, and how the cost of certain specialist equipment means they aren’t available to many families.
The summer scheme project responds directly to those concerns, and was designed with the ongoing input of families who will be involved.