Balsall Heath Cats

Cost of project

£2,000

Intro

Balsall Heath CATS (Children Action Team Support), was set up in 2003 by local families that found difficulties accessing play and leisure facilities for their children.  Focussed specifically for children with disabilities and complex learning needs and to support and appreciate their different potentials.

They currently provide informal support for over eighty families and deliver play and leisure opportunities for local children and young people that 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 and there are extreme difficulties for parents to find work, which fits in with their childcare responsibilities.

Balsall Heath CATS aims are to promote social inclusion through play, to open opportunities and break down barriers to learning within the local community. 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 other individuals outside of the home and when school closes, it can be a very long and lonely time.

CATS would like to set up a ‘Summer Lovin’ Project’ that will run during the summer holidays, in Sparkbrook and the surrounding areas.  There are a great 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 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.

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

Visit website here.

For more information about the group, please contact Nazreen Bi: nazreenbi@btinternet.com, 0121 440 1007.

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