Health, disability & well-being

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Lancashire TAAG (Teenage Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Group) was established in 2012 and became a charity in 2014. The Group provides none stop support and advice for parents and carers of children and young people that are on the Autistic Spectrum and who are affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They provide monthly coffee mornings, quarterly training and awareness courses. They provide a private facebook page, were members can obtain advice 24/7.
Over the last 4 years TAAG has grown beyond expectations. TAAG now provides weekly trampolines sessions and multi skill sessions for the children. We are hoping to start some gymnastic and freestyle sessions in the near future. TAAG has grown rapidly over the last few years and now has 15 volunteers, ranging from 15 year olds to 60+ year olds. Without such dedicated volunteers the charity would not be able to continue the good work it already does.
TAAG puts many activities on throughout the year. Like day trips to places like Diggerland and Crocky Trail. They encourage the children to learn new skills by doing fishing, rock climbing and swimming lessons. The sessions are always funded so that everyone can be included. Siblings are always welcome and included in all activities. All trips and activities always have numerous volunteers present so that the children feel safe and happy. The volunteers all understand the needs of the children which is reassuring for the parents.

TAAG now has 157 families registered with the Charity. Mainly from Chorley, Leyland and the South Ribble. TAAG is open to everyone and they never turn anyone away.

The Project - Badminton in Disabiilty Sport
This coming year we are looking at trying to engage our members into trying new sports. Many members suffer with communication difficulties so find it hard to participate in new activities. We feel that with the dedicated volunteers and support many of the children will be encouraged to take part.
We would like to provide 12 weekly sessions of badminton. This will help to develop the children's motor skills, listening skills and help them to feel part of a team.
We would hire a venue with equipment in the local area with the necessary coaches to teach the children the new skills required to take part in the sport. We would hope that some children enjoy badminton so much that they will continue with the sport as a hobby.
Our long-term plan is to see the children active and to stay active in a sport they enjoy for many years to come. Also for them to enjoy a sport that they feel comfortable in participating in. For children and young people with disabilities, this is an extremely difficult thing to do, to even attend a sports class in the first place. We feel that with a TAAG team of volunteers and continued support this can be achieved.

Lancashire TAAG

Location: Lancashire, United Kingdom

Lancashire TAAG is an amazing Charity, that gives huge opportunities to many children in the local community. If we can run this project, it will be amazing to see so many children with disabilities participating in a new sport. Being encouraged, supported, enjoying being active and keeping fit.
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