With money from the People’s Health Trust, we started a walking club to help people get fit and make friends. It has been a huge success so far and we look forward to Pam and Gina taking it on as walking leaders next year.
2. New office
We moved office!! We love our new space at Watlington House and are very much looking forward to the next few years here.
3. We Started new groups
We have established a few new groups this year to help more people learn skills, meet up and have a voice. These include Abingdon Young people’s group, a group in Witney and a group at Abingdon and Witney College.
4 .New staff
Several great people have started working at My Life My Choice this year:
- Yazz, Gig Buddies Coordinator
- Ed, Power up Officer
- Ria, Travel Buddy Coordinator.
5. Gig Buddies is a huge success
Having started in the autumn of 2018, Gig Buddies has come into its own this year with lots of events, pairs and volunteers all having a great time and making a huge difference.
6. Campaigns in London
In the summer, a group of champions went to London for 5 days of protests about the treatment of people with learning disabilities in ATUs. Although this is a sad topic, it was a great experience important to have our voices heard.
7. Stingray restarts
Stingray got a brand new look this year as we moved to the Spirit Bar in Oxford. The new venue is fabulous and we’ve had a great time dancing and partying here this year.
8. Power Up Training
With Funding from Great Western Rail, Thames Valley Police and the People’s Postcode lottery, Power up is delivering some great training this year including training on travelling on the trains, and a film and training on mate crime.
9. Jobs Campaign
This year we launched our Jobs campaign asking organisations to employ at least 1% people with learning disabilities. We have 26 certified ‘Learning Disability Inclusive Employers’ all around the country and big plans for 2020.
10. Christmas Ceilidh
Finally, we had a wonderful time at our most accessible Christmas Party yet! Everyone had a great time dancing along to the band and won some fabulous prizes in the raffle.