It may be a sunny scorcher out there, but nothing is going to stop work continuing apace on improving Barnstondale Centre.
With 3 days work done already and 2 more to go, the improvements to the access path to the legendary Barnstondale climbing wall are looking great! The new wood linings will certainly add to the character of the woodland location of the climbing wall, as well as conserving it.
Speaking of conservation, the ongoing works by the BTCV volunteers are really starting to bear fruit. You can see photos of the new (and very inviting) woodland dale path, river revetments and river access steps below. Testimonials“We have really enjoyed staying in our cabins and all of the activities we took part in. The Age Well Centre provides a range of activities, both social and educational, for the over 50s in a rural and isolated area.
Providing children with transport to and from the Centre and to outdoor pursuits activities, whilst on recreational breaks and personal development courses. Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme supports children and young people with disabilities, parent carers, their families and siblings through activity clubs, holiday clubs and residential breaks. Chrysalis provide holidays throughout the year for adults with varying degrees of learning disability. Established in 1998 CIL de Gwynedd provides services for disabled people from a large area of Gwynedd. Conwy Community Transport is a daily provider of specialist transport and mobility services to vulnerable children and adults in Conwy. A voluntary run travel club for people with disabilities living in the rural area of Dwyfor.
This Wrexham based charity provides out of school activities for children and young people who suffer from a disability, learning difficulty or life-limiting illness. The addition of a fully accessible Smiley Bus to the Ellesmere Port and Neston Community Transport fleet has enabled this organisation to transport even more passengers and community groups who were previously unable to access the fleet’s conventional transport. The Harris Club for the Disabled (Speke) provides accessible transport to convey members to and from their homes for all social events. Hinderton School is a community primary special school in Ellesmere Port for pupils aged five to eleven with autistic spectrum conditions and social communication needs.
Liverpool Homeless Football Club is a voluntary organisation which offers homeless men and women positive activities through sport and peer mentoring.
Millstead special needs school caters for children with a wide range of disabilities and needs, offering a broad, balanced and relevant education that leads to the fulfilment of each child's potential, within a caring environment that encourages and rewards an individual pupil's learning and achievements. Based in Nefyn in North West Gwynedd, O Ddrws I Ddrws Community Transport provides transport for elderly and disabled people living in the isolated rural areas of the Llyn Peninsular. A special needs school for pupils aged 11 to 16 years, The Observatory School works with pupils with complex psychological and behavioural difficulties. Oswestry Community Action (OCA) is a registered charity whose aim is to improve the quality of life of those members of society who are marginalised through age, disability or rural isolation.

Progressive Lifestyle Solutions provides accommodation and floating support services to vulnerable individuals in the Liverpool area. Rimrose Hope Primary School Rose Class is a resourced unit for children aged 4 -11 with complex needs. Sefton Play Council engages with children and young people across Sefton and into the Southport area, enabling over 5,000 children a year to benefit from facilitated play sessions and forest schools, whilst also providing training and resources for adults. Once the pilings are completed the path will be fully tarmaced, greatly improving access to the wall. Smiley Buses are offered to organisations on the understanding that they are shared with other supported groups in the community.The vehicles are supplied either as standard, or fully adapted for use by physically disabled passengers if required.
The aims are to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of members, improve social networks, develop intergenerational relationships within the community, provide advice and information and to offer volunteering and training opportunities.
A 17-seater Smiley Bus is used to transport groups to activities and for residentials further away from home. It is a swimming club with plenty more than swimming, providing the chance to travel around the country and parts of Europe competing, working towards their independence by competing for themselves and travelling away without their parents, even to the extent where they can represent Great Britain. They mainly take place on Anglesey with a variety of different themes from music to outdoor pursuits.
CIL offers training and education for disabled people in information technology, basic life skills, art, music and sport. A personal door to door service with well-known trained volunteer drivers is provided, helping disabled, isolated children and older people to access services and facilities and to enjoy a better quality of life.
A wide variety of social and leisure activities, plus various forms of training are offered.
The majority of passengers are elderly and infirm, some living in isolated rural locations, others in town, but unable to make even the short distance to the doctor’s surgery or supermarket.
It gives members, drawn from areas south of Liverpool City centre, the opportunity to enjoy socials, day outings, shopping and theatre visits, together with an annual holiday.
A 12-seater Smiley Bus will help pupils learn how to travel safely within a vehicle whilst developing their independence, social skills and coping with different environments.
It has an eleven-a-side team and hosts an annual 5-a-side league made up of 22 homeless organisations across Merseyside.
The Morgan Foundation has provided 50% of the cost of a new wheelchair adapted 12-seater Smiley Bus.
The 14-seater Smiley Bus has been jointly funded by the Friends of The Observatory School (FOTOS) and The Morgan Foundation and will be used for extra- curricular activities which enhance the self-esteem and confidence of pupils and give them access to experiences which improve their social skills and independence. OCA provides several vital community transport services including Dial-a-Ride, a wheelchair accessible transport service enabling many elderly and disabled passengers to get to medical appointments, shops, day centres and to visit friends and relatives.
As part of the organisation's commitment to tackling poverty, they have launched a 'Food Run" service, which entails collecting a range of fresh food products to be distributed between some of the city's poorest individuals and families. The provision of a 12-seater Smiley Bus has enabled pupils to expand their horizons by accessing activities in the community to enhance their independent living skills.
A large Smiley Van has been provided to transport the wide array of equipment to different sites and residential destinations.

Recipients are carefully consulted on their needs to ensure the correct adaptations are achieved and all buses are finished with the Morgan Foundation Smiley bus logo and the receiving organisation's name, logo and contact details. The other side of the club is about friendships and social networking, with approximately 80 members with learning disabilities, everyone can integrate with others at their level. As well as people having a good holiday, meeting new people and learning new skills, they also provide respite for carers. The centre also provides a safe and comfortable place for socialising and informal get-togethers. The Morgan Foundation has provided half of the cost of two full adapted disabled minibuses to accommodate wheelchair users. It is also the provider of essential transport services, taking people to medical and other appointments, shopping, work and training and on social visits. The Morgan Foundation provided 75% of the cost of a 17-seater Smiley Bus adapted for wheelchair use to this voluntary community transport service.
Whilst the football played is competitive, the club's aims are to promote involvement, healthy living and provide help to re-build lives. The award of a Smiley Bus will enable us to provide even more activities that will give them confidence to fulfil their potential through positive experiences. The service is run by a dedicated team of volunteer drivers and escorts who provide an excellent, caring service to our passengers. The service is helping around 30,000 people each year, but with the help of the Morgan Foundation this number is likely to increase to at least 40,000! The grant of a Smiley Bus will enable us to transport previously homeless children and families to and from school, work and many other everyday activities. Rather than sitting around at home, they not only swim but play table tennis, ten pin bowling, go to the pictures, shopping and ball room dancing and an annual holiday.
The mini bus provided by Morgan will enable Chrysalis to continue to provide a mostly door to door service for everyone.
Members come from many rural and isolated communities and the provision of a Smiley Bus will ensure that a growing number of members can access services at Cil and its satellite centres across western Gwynedd. Support for core costs continues, with funding of over £85,000 having been committed to date, plus the provision a fully adapted minibus to transport the youngsters to their various activities.
The Morgan Foundation has provided 50% of the costs of a 17-seater wheelchair accessible minibus. A 17-seater bus has been granted to replace the 10 year old vehicle previously used by the club. An 8-seater minibus has been provided to ensure a growing number of members can access transport.

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