WPH CHARITABLE TRUST HELPS DISABLED PEOPLE SHOWCASE THEIR TALENTS
ILEAP has been awarded £6,000 from the WPH Charitable Trust.
The charity (Inclusive Leisure Education Activities Project) is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and exists to give opportunities to disabled children and adults with a mild or moderate learning disability, allowing them to take part in the same activities as their non-disabled peers.
ILEAP works with people across South Warwickshire.
It will use the donation to fund enterprising Skills for Life sessions, allowing members to create beautiful shabby chic items to sell on at local markets in the south of the county and also at ILEAP’s own shop – situated within the Kenilworth Centre in Abbey End.
Peter Bazeley, CEO of ILEAP, said projects such as the Skills for Life sessions are ideal for service users whose lack of opportunity has led to low self-esteem, loneliness and isolation, limited friendship groups, vulnerability and lack of confidence.
Peter said as the project continues to grow, members plan to open an online shop and to hold a monthly market in Kenilworth, Stratford, Leamington and Warwick.
The sessions are also just one way of helping the charity achieve its primary aim of raising awareness of disability in the local community, and helping to facilitate social change.
Peter said: “Market Ability is our attempt at sustaining the wider work of our charity through social enterprise, whilst adding worthwhile and purposeful activity to our programme, and thanks to the grant from WPH, the project can continue to develop for another year.
“It is an exciting development and ticks all the boxes. It not only gives people the chance to learn new skills and have fun, but also to showcase the potential of our customers and raise awareness of our charity and its work in the wider community.”
Established in 2001 to provide safe opportunities for disabled children, ILEAP has continued to grow and develop. Today its members range from seven to 72 years.
WPH Charitable Trust provides funding for individuals, groups and organisations which work to prevent, relieve and cure sickness in Coventry and Warwickshire. The Trust provides grants for medical research, buildings, equipment and other forms of medical care for residents of the region. All applications are made via the Trust’s website, and are assessed on a quarterly basis.
For further details log on to www.warwickshirehealthcharity.org.uk