Hope you like the new buff/bandana’s – we thought they would be a different but useful gift for participants of our Disability Sport Birthday Fun parties but all our joggers will get one too. Need to get onto the t-shirts now!
Lots has been happening – Making Sport Fit were delighted to learn that we were awarded our full funding request from Perth & Kinross Micro Enterprise Fund so we are busy buying lots of new equipment to deliver our SOMA sessions and also our new training programme. SOMA stands for Sporting Opportunities for Motor Activities and consists of activities that help to develop fine and gross motor skills for people with profound and complex disabilities. We can’t wait to work with these wonderful individuals who are often marginalised in sport, and enhance their lives. It’s also great to know that the local authority support our vision as a small business.
Caroline has also recently started to meet with two new fantastic mentors – Ian from GrowBiz who has a wealth of knowledge in the textiles industry and Louise, a financial mentor through the Scottish Chamber of Commerce to help get the numbers looking good!
Makaton is such a great way to communicate with many people who have disabilities and Caroline recently refreshed her skills – she was then put through her paces by her granddaughter to test what she could remember. She was told by Isla she did quite well, phew! Hopefully she will use this as a communication aid herself in the future to help her friends.
And we finished up for the Summer holidays at a local secondary school where we have been piloting a new programme to re-engage targeted young people using Jogscotland as the vehicle – lots learned and some changes to be made for the 2019/20 academic year. The young people have attended regularly which is a success in itself, so a great start. They also responded to one of our end of term evaluation questions around enjoying being part of the programme with “it’s also social and it’s just a fun time” and “it’s helped me improve my CRE” [cardio respiratory endurance]. Positive outcomes!