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Access-Ability Project

Access-Ability delivers an equality of opportunity for young people by demonstrating that physical and learning disabilities should not be perceived as barriers to participation through a broad range of outdoor experiential learning activities. The Project is sponsored by the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities Fund until 2015.

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Big Lottery Fund LogoThe programme, which has been running since 1997 engages young people with a broad range of disabilities in long and short-term personal development programmes. It empowers young people to reach their full potential through acquisition of new skills, developing new friendships, and having a lot of fun!

Access-Ability engages young people with a broad range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Our short and longer-term programmes offer challenging but achieveable activities that focus on personal and social development primarily through the medium of outdoor experiential learning. By setting achievable Goals Access-Ability strives to:

  • Promote access of opportunity for young disabled people.
  • Empower young people to reach their full potential through learning new skills and developing new friendships within an exciting but safe and fun environment.
  • Improve the health and general well being for participating young people.
  • Highlight and address the barriers faced and imposed by society and community towards disability.
  • Deliver accredited and non-accredited programmes and awards.
  • Offer and develop volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Accredited Courses include:

  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • Rescue and Emergency Care (REC) First Aid
  • Awards Scheme Development and Accrediation Network (ASDAN)
  • The John Muir Award (Environmental)
  • National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS)
  • National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS)
  • Open College Network (OCN) courses
  • Paddle Sports Star Awards

Programmes of activity include:

  • Weekend Club
  • Summer Scheme
  • Outward Bound Week
  • Multi activity programmes linking in with the school curriculum

LOOK AT WHAT COURSES AND PROGRAMMES ARE COMING UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE     

Belfast Activity Centre is currently organising an Adventure Week for a group of 10 young people, aged 18-25.

Venue: Rock UK, Newcastleton (Sottish Borders)

Date: Monday 30th March 2015 to Friday 3rd April 2015.

Cost: The cost of the course will be £350 (covers boat, bus hire, food, equipment, instructors and course).

Activities: The course will be a 1 week long (Monday to Friday) multi-activity programme. Activities will include: canoeing, rock climbing, ropes course, teambuilding games etc. If you would be interested in participating in this 5 day course, please contact BAC asap. There will be a £60.00 deposit required to secure a space.

There will be an evenings presentation about the programme soon. (Date still to be announced)

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Campbell or Jordan Spence at Belfast Activity Centre.

JOHN MUIR AWARD

We have now a couple of groups who are undertaking the John Muir Award.

The John Muir Award is an environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. The Award is not competitive but should challenge each participant. Taking part will develop an understanding of, and responsibility for, a chosen wild place or places. For some this will offer an opportunity to explore values and spirituality.

It was launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust to:

  • Promote educational, social and personal development through exploration of wild places and involvement in conservation
  • Encourage an environmental agenda within youth organisations
  • Ensure that social circumstances don’t exclude people from opportunities to experience wild places.

 

John Muir Award Criteria

Four Challenges are at the heart of each John Muir Award, to achieve an Award each participant must:

Discover a wild place
Explore its wildness
Conserve - take personal responsibility
Share experiences

Participants should show enthusiasm and commitment, and have an awareness about John Muir.

There are 3 levels of the Award, encouraging a progressive involvement. The same 4 challenges above are repeated for each level, with increased involvement in time, activity and ownership.

  • Discovery Award (introductory level) minimum 4 days (or equivalent)
  • Explorer Award (intermediate level) minimum 8 days (or equivalent)
  • Conserver Award (advanced level) minimum 20 days (or equivalent) over 6 months

 

Financial assistance may be available. Please contact the project to discuss this further. If you have any queries about any of the above programme or activities, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Nicola Campbell at Belfast Activity Centre on either 90600132 or email: nicola.campbell@belfastactivitycentre.com

 

 

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