Parity for Disability is dedicated to transforming lives. Without the right support, the life of a person with multiple disabilities becomes limited and lonely. Meaningful social contact, learning, achieving and experiencing the world all become impossible.
Parity’s services are there for people with multiple disabilities, their families and carers.
A Range of Activities
Parity’s Activity Scheme is for young people aged 12 and over who have multiple disabilities. Many find that opportunities to meet up with friends, take part in activities and pursue interests – in fact, do all the things others take for granted during the holidays – are very limited.
This year, the Easter scheme runs from Monday 10 to Friday 14 April and from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April. The Summer scheme will run from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, excepting weekends and the bank holiday.
The Scheme is operated from a church in Fleet, Hampshire and employs a high ratio of staff who receive training beforehand. Most are university and college students who share a young outlook.
Activities at the base include art and craft, music, cooking, games, sensory activities, computers, hair and beauty sessions, books and magazines, and wheelchair dancing. Participants use the scheme’s minibus to visit local parks, the bowling alley and other facilities. Trips by train are popular, with many travelling to London and further afield.
“Travelling to London would be very difficult for the family,” one parent told us. “In fact any form of public transport is a challenge.”