Lifeworks – tackle exclusion, disadvantage and inequality

My heart belongs in Devon. I went to school there for 5 years and have missed it ever since leaving at 18 years of age. One of my closest friends lives in Exeter and has a business there (Burgoynes Estate Agents). That gives me all the excuses I need to get back down there as often as I can – which is not enough.  In recent years I have also taken the family down there on camping trips. So perhaps its not that surprising that I subscribe to Devon Life, kidding myself that one day I will have the opportunity to return there permantly. 

A recent issue of this glossy magazine featured an article called Waterlines: Get Surfing! I started reading the article in a half-hearted way, not being that interested in surfing, but I quickly tuned-in when I realised what the article was actually about. It focused on ‘Breaking the Barrier’ – an annual surfing day in September at Bigbury-on-Sea, introducing children with special needs to an outdoor, healthy sporting activity. Its a nice article so I’ve linked to it here and added this lovely video below.

‘Breaking the Barrier’ is organised by a chairty called Lifeworks.  According to their website “Lifeworks aims to tackle exclusion, disadvantage and inequality as concerns children and young adults with learning difficulties.” 

Lifeworks is the collective name for all the services and facilities of The Bidwell Brook Foundation, which was founded in 1996 by a group of parents, teachers and carers. Since then it has blossomed into a well-established organisation with a reputation for care, quality and achieving goals. As well as the ‘Breaking the Barrier’ day it delivers all sorts of projects dedicated to providing learning-disabled children and young adults with confidence and life-skills that ensure a self-sustainable future, that promote a fluid transition into adulthood, and that encourage their inclusion in the community as valued and active members.

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