Get to Know Disability Challengers - Vote for a Charity Supporting Disabled Children this March

Posted on 28 Feb 2022 by Amy Jackson

Who Are Disability Challengers?

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Established in Guildford, 1979, Challengers has provided community-based projects that allow young people and disabled children to take part in fun play and leisure activities. Offering their services across the South-East, Challengers are there for disabled children and young people aged 2-18, providing them with inclusive, safe spaces where they can have fun and try new activities.


What is the Aim of the Disability Challengers Charity?

Play and leisure are important parts of life for everyone, but often in the case of a disabled child, there can be several barriers preventing them from getting involved. This can be anything from lack of accessibility with play facilities, right down to a lack of support from the providers or a lack of time for families. Isolation and exclusion can be incredibly upsetting for the individual and for their families, however, Challengers aim to make every child feel included. They have a no-exclusion policy, meaning everyone is welcome no matter how complex their needs are, and charity work to ensure that their facilities and activities are accessible to everyone.


What Activities Do Disability Challengers Offer?

Challengers offer a number of services for children and young people, each allowing them to take part in fun and exciting activities and to make new friends, these include:

Pre-school: Disabled and non-disabled inclusive preschools for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Playschemes: Running on weekends, after school and during the school holidays at play centres and community venues. Available for disabled and non-disabled children aged 4-12, there’s different areas for art, outdoor play and active play, as well as quiet spaces for reading and stories.

Youth schemes: For disabled teenagers aged 13-18 and available on evenings, weekends and during school holidays. Baking, sports and music workshops are just a handful of the activities on offer, and there’s even occasional trips out, such as swimming or going for lunch.


How Does Disability Challengers Support Families?

Challengers don't just make a difference for the children and young people who use their services, they also make a difference for families too. For many families, everyday activities such as shopping or cleaning are more difficult when having to care for a disabled child. Described by families as a ‘life-line,’ Challengers provide families with a well needed break, allowing them to spend time with their other children, meet friends, or simply just to tackle the everyday jobs that they don’t always get the time to do. Over 80% of parents agree that Challengers helps with their own mental health, building a more inclusive family and reducing family isolation.​ It’s clear how much a difference the charity makes.


How You Can Support Disability Challengers

This March, Disability Challengers are one of three charities taking part in our monthly poll, and you can help them be in with a chance of winning 20% of our profits by voting for them.

Cast your vote today and help make a difference to the lives of disabled children, young people and their families! Find out more about Challengers and the work they do, along with how you can donate, by visiting their website. Support Challengers through – Community Support, Company Support or Other ways to Give.

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