Added 20th March 2019
Here are Lisa and Jack at Wessex FM where they spoke about World Down’s Syndrome Day on 21st March 2019.
Added 1st December 2018
Thanks to support from IT365, we had a very successful auction at Weymouth Sailing Academy this November. Lots included reading the weather on Wessex FM to a pamper day for two, to a day out on mountain bikes in Bridport. Auctioneer Matthew Denney ensured a fun night for all and thanks to Paul Attenbury from the Antiques Roadshow for his entertaining speed on what goes on behind the scenes there. Well done everyone!’
Added 18th October 2018
Today (World Values Day) we launched the music video we have been working on since April 2018 with Activate Performing Arts, Pageant Productions, Andy from Big Little Music and Remix at Weymouth College. Watch the video on the left which also includes a short interview section that explains what this user led community action project was all about. Please share widely and help us spread this message! If you would like to help raise awareness and support this project, please share this video or you can donate to the charities involved at this Local Giving page.
In early 2018, the participants of our Speaking Up Groups said they would like to make a music video to raise awareness about the barriers they are confronted with on a day to day basis.
Between us we held workshops to discuss problems like bullying, communication, relationships and the general feeling of isolation and not being heard.
We worked closely with the those taking part to discuss the issues raised, gauge their thoughts and feelings behind the problems and how with a little change in attitude and community support, a positive influence can emerge’. Remixer Ryan comments ‘Not all disabilities are visual or at least seen at first glance. Therefore this music video will help people understand and hopefully make allowances.’ The track can be downloaded from Big Little Music. If you would like to help raise awareness and support this project, please share this video or you can donate to the charities involved at this Local Giving page.
Added 10th October 2018
On 25th September we celebrated 10 years of The Friendship Club with an ABBA themed disco. This was a great evening enjoyed by everyone and even the staff had some fun dressing up for the occasion!
Thank you to Matt from the New Vic. We wish him lots of luck on his new adventure- we will miss him!
The Government has some new rules about the information we keep about our members and supporters.
In March members visited the Cardiology Department at Dorchester Hospital. We all had a great time and learnt lots of interesting facts on how to look after your heart.
Members said after this visit they would now feel more confident if they have to come to the Cardiology department for an appointment.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Pieter and his team for putting on a great event for us!
Friendship Club are looking forward to the next hospital visit where we will be visiting the Out Patients Department on Tuesday 19th June at 6 – 8pm.
‘One of our best Big Night Outs on 12 April, at Cameo Nightclub in Bournemouth. Over 450 people with learning disabilities and carers had a fabulous night out. Thanks to Suttles for their sponsorship and all the volunteers who support this event to happen’
Added 18th march 2018
People First Dorset received an award in January at the Quality Matters Awards 2017 for Men United – A project to provide opportunities for men with learning disabilities to meet up.
We recently did a consultation for the NHS. Here is a film made about it called ‘Simple Steps to Better Information in the NHS’