Children and adults with learning disabilities have been given a £2,000 boost, thanks to the city charity, LoveBrum, and its supporters.
The funding was presented to SoLO Life Opportunities, which aims to add value to the lives of people with learning disabilities. One of their programmes is Evolve, which is based at the Three Trees Community Centre in Chelmlsey Wood. Evolve plan to invest the funding in an interactive whiteboard with eye-gaze technology. The whiteboard will help non-verbal users to fully interact and participate in a variety of activities and events.
Among those to visit the charity for the presentation was Matt Jones, director of Birmingham-based online distance learning provider, Oxbridge Home Learning, which is a corporate member of LoveBrum. He said: “It’s great to see how causes are benefitting from the money raised by LoveBrum and the difference LoveBrum is making to people’s lives. SoLO Life Opportunities is a fantastic charity and users at Evolve obviously enjoy being able to get together with their friends and become involved in a learning experience. Having an interactive white board with eye-gaze technology will be a great addition to their resources.”
SoLO Life Opportunities believes that people with learning disabilities often miss out on enjoying many opportunities, activities and experiences that others take for granted, and they are working to change this. It works with individuals who have both moderate and severe learning disabilities.
Janet Down, CEO of SoLO Life Opportunities, said: “It is great to have this funding from LoveBrum and its supporters. This donation not only helps us to provide user with fantastic facilities, resources and technology, but also raises awareness and shows people with disabilities in a positive light.
“We have around 40 different programmes which come under the SoLO umbrella and Evolve is one of those. We work with children and adults with learning disabilities and provide high quality social and learning opportunities, which gives the people we work with a place in society.”
Handing over the cheque was Saleem Ahmed, a trustee at LoveBrum, who said going to see the causes made you realise how worthwhile each project was. “When we first get introduced to the causes we go out to meet them and hear some really great stories,” he said. “We see what amazing work they are doing and hear how desperate they are to get funding. Often these organisations are small with volunteer leaders, but it is great to see how happy the users are.”