Disability awareness days boosted by wheelchair donation
Albion in the Community has been delivering disability awareness training and Paralympic-themed sports days to local schoolchildren in the lead-up to this year’s Paralympic games in Tokyo.
Thousands of people take part in the charity’s disability awareness training every year, with sessions often including the chance for people to try disability sports such as goalball, seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and boccia.
With the Tokyo 2020 Games taking place later this year, Albion in the Community is determined to work with as many local children as possible to increase awareness of what it is like to have disability and highlight many of the barriers people with a disability still face on a daily basis.
And their efforts have been given a helping hand by a business specialising in unusual team building days.
O3E runs team building away days which have a teamwork exercise during which participants build sports wheelchairs or other specialist equipment which are then donated to charity. A team build day earlier this season resulted in five chairs being presented to Albion in the Community and the charity has put them to good use.
A spokesperson for the Albion in the Community said: “Young people really enjoy the sports days and they are an important part of our wider disability awareness training.
“Our thanks go to O3E for the generous donation following the team build day; the wheelchairs we received have already proved very useful to our coaches who have been out working in local schools and they’ll be used a lot over the coming months.”