Balsall Heath Cats

Balsall Heath CATS (Children Action Team Support), was set up in 2003 by local families who experienced difficulties in accessing play and leisure facilities for their children. They focus specifically on catering for children with disabilities and complex learning needs, supporting and appreciating their different potentials.

They currently provide support for over eighty families, and deliver play and leisure opportunities for local children and young people who would otherwise be isolated.

What is Balsall Heath CATS?

The young people who attend CATS often face significant social isolation, as the extent of their disabilities can limit their participation in the community. Statistics have also shown that families with disabled children are more likely to be on the poverty line as parents can find it extremely difficult to find work which allows for their childcare responsibilities.

Balsall Heath CATS aims are to promote social inclusion through play, to open opportunities and break down barriers to learning for those with disabilities. Young people can attend the centre and get involved in lots of fun activities, make friends, develop new skills and build confidence.

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

Going to school is sometimes the only opportunity for a disabled child to interact with  individuals outside of their home and, when school closes, it can be a very long and lonely time.

Balsall Heath CATS would like to set up their Summer Lovin’ Project which will run during the summer holidays in Sparkbrook and the surrounding area. There are a huge range of activities planned including music, arts, dance, drama, sports, cooking, trips and outings. Very few children get the chance to experience the outdoors and are heavily reliant on adults to support them so getting them out and about in the local parks, with proper supervision, is an essential part of the Summer Lovin’ Project. It would also mean that their carers would get a chance to recharge their batteries and have a little time to themselves.

If successful, the society will put the £2,000 towards the costs of running the Summer Lovin’ Project.  It would cover the materials and resources, day trips, workshops and a celebration event.

Cost of project

£2,000

Where can people go to find out more about Balsall Heath CATS?

Nazreen Bi,

Tel: 0121 440 1007

Email: nazreenbi@btinternet.com

You can find out more about Balsall Heath CATS via their website.

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