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By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 9 2018 12:15PM

GREEN tokens have signalled a green light for adaptive rowing sessions for local people with learning disabilities.

Waitrose has presented a cheque for £375 to Heart of England Mencap – money raised through the green token scheme at its store at the Rosebird Centre in Stratford.

It will be used to fund an adaptive rowing course for the local people with learning disabilities which Heart of England Mencap supports.

Run by Stratford Boat Club, the adaptive rowing sessions will take place on the River Avon in Stratford later this year. They enable individuals with disabilities to get out on the river – using boat stabilisers and other adapted equipment.

Kate Buttrick, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, said: “Adaptive rowing is an activity our customers have had the opportunity to experience before, and gained so much from. We’re so grateful to Waitrose and to all of the shoppers who put their green tokens in our collection box. This money will now enable us to further our rowing programme, and to offer the opportunity to more customers. There are so many benefits, from the physical aspects to the new skills and confidence it brings. And there’s a huge amount of enjoyment too.”

David Reid, Store Manager of Waitrose in Stratford, added: “It’s great to see how the Waitrose Community Matters scheme is able to help local people across the community and lovely to hear how much enjoyment Heart of England Mencap customers will get out of adapted rowing this summer.”

By Heart of England Mencap, Jan 24 2018 02:53PM

THE DESIGN talents of a local lady with a learning disability will be seen by people across Warwickshire after she won a competition to create a new quality assurance mark.

Mo Potter attends Heart of England Mencap’s day service in Warwick – Mencap Pathway.

Warwickshire County Council invited Pathway customers – along with care service users across the county – to design a new mark to represent its Peer Review Programme.

The programme is part of Warwickshire County Council’s new Quality Assurance model, and helps us to make sure services are providing high quality care and support by using peer reviewers to visit service providers and talk to customers.

Now, Mo’s mark, featuring a colourful eye design, will appear on all Peer Review documents and correspondence and be used on Participation Mark certificates given to any service provider, like Heart of England Mencap, which agrees to be part of the Peer Review programme.

Jayne Barrow, Commissioning Intelligence Manager for Quality at Warwickshire County Council, visited Pathway at WarwickSpace to tell Mo that she had won the design competition and present her with flowers, chocolates and Hobbycraft vouchers for the group to spend.

“We just thought Mo’s design was excellent,” she said.

“It is so eye-catching and creative and will make a great badge for our Peer Review Programme.”

Helena Wallis, Chief Executive for Heart of England Mencap, added: “We’re all so impressed with the mark Mo has created – a real ‘watching eye’ looking for excellence, something we are committed to providing across our services. Mo clearly has a real talent for art and design – she has also designed our charity Christmas cards in the past.”

Winning design – Mo Potter (front) with (left to right) Olivia Cooper, Quality Assurance Operations Manager at Warwickshire County Council (holding Mo’s design), Jayne Barrow, Commissioning Intelligence Manager for Quality at Warwickshire County Council, Shivorne Poole, Activities Coordinator at Pathway in Warwick and Helena Wallis, Chief Executive of Heart of England Mencap.

By Heart of England Mencap, Jan 17 2018 01:01PM

A STRATFORD charity and a Stratford pub are joining forces to serve up a new social for local people with learning disabilities.

Heart of England Mencap and the Pen and Parchment have launched a new Big Breakfast Club, bringing people together once a month.

It’s a chance for anyone with a learning disability to join a friendly group for a relaxed breakfast, meeting new friends, catching up with existing ones and having some fun over the best meal of the day.

The idea came from Michael Fox – a former Heart of England Mencap support worker who is now working as a chef at the Pen and Parchment.

“Michael made such a difference to so many of our customers and continues to be an amazing support,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the first Big Breakfast and hope to see even more people at the next. The club is open to anyone with a learning disability – you don’t have to be a Mencap customer. It’s very relaxed, please just come along and join us.”

The Big Breakfast Club – which launched in January – will run on the first Thursday of the month, between 10.30am and 12pm, at the Pen and Parchment in Bridgefoot, Stratford. The next breakfast is on February 1st. It’s free to drop-in – with breakfast costing just £5, to include tea and coffee.

Photo: Ready to tuck in – Anna Roberts, Pathway Assistant for Heart of England Mencap, with Heart of England Mencap customers Colin Baker and Glen Merryfield.


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