Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

The Unity provides opportunities for neurologically diverse, disabled or vulnerable children, young people and their families which help them develop, thrive and reach the best of their individual potential; and, through the provision of information and education to schools and businesses, raises understanding and acceptance of their needs to promote inclusion in the wider community.

The aim of the Unity is to ‘level the playing field’ for children facing challenges. We do this in the following ways:

- providing enjoyable, stimulating and challenging experiences which support the child’s learning and development
- developing communication and social interaction skills; self confidence; independence; and physical and emotional wellbeing skills
- promoting self regulation and self advocacy
- tackling social exclusion and allowing the child to experience a sense of belonging and acceptance of their unique interests, abilities and strengths
- challenging perceptions and limitations and encouraging aspiration and hope for the future.

If we are successful in being awarded funds from Aviva, the money would be spent as follows:
- holding numerous enrichment activities and accessible events covering areas such as forest school, working with animals, bikeability skills, yoga / sport and wellbeing, art therapy, horticulture therapy and so on
- the purchase of specialist items to enable children with autism and other neurological diversity to access mainstream events (for example, individual rucksacks containing ear defenders, stress toys etc; weighted lap pads and blankets)

What makes you proud of this project, organisations and those involved with it :
The Unity is a really important concept as we work to support not only the child with a diagnosis / disability, but also their parents and siblings, wider family, teachers and peers on school, as well as the wider community. Children who are neurologically diverse are expected to come fully over to the neurotypical world when in fact we believe that reasonable adjustments can - and should - be made to me them at least half way. As a society, we make adjustments for more visible disabilities but those with less visible disabilities are often condemned as badly behaved or poorly parented. The Unity works hard to ensure that people understand how best to communicate with, support and include those with invisible disabilities and other challenges. We want to strengthen communities to come together and accept, and welcome, the positive richness of diversity.

The Unity

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What makes you proud of this project, organisations and those involved with it :The Unity is a really important concept as we work to support not only the child with a diagnosis / disability, but also their parents and siblings, wider family, teachers and peers on school, as well as the wider comm

Location: North Yorkshire, UK