Accessibility

Outdoor Activity Sessions

Are you concerned about being in busy public spaces? Do you miss the outdoors? Would you like to enjoy nature, music, arts activities and play but still have dignified toilet facilities to hand?

We have limited opportunities for members to join us for our upcoming Outdoor Sessions.  We will have Accessoloo (mobile changing places) on-site and you will have the option of the following activities: music workshop, arts/craft and loose play options. Please note these sessions are outdoors and are therefore subject to weather conditions. 

Dates:

Sunday 6 June 12-1.30pm FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 6 June 2.30-4pm FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 12 June 12-1.30pm FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 12 June 2.30-4pm (Teenagers age 13-19)
Thursday 8 July 12-1.30pm (Families – all ages)
Thursday 8 July 2.30-4pm (Families – all ages)
Thursday 15 July 12-1.30pm (Families – all ages)
Thursday 15 July 2.30-4pm (Families – all ages)

Parent/carer must remain onsite at all times and will be responsible for their son/daughter. Staff and volunteers will be onsite to assist with activities and participation however they will not be providing medical or personal care support at this time.

Please remember, not all families, volunteers or staff have received the vaccine and therefore we recommend that you continue to social distance at these events.

Location:
Sessions will take place at Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne. This venue has a fantastic covered area which will protect us from the typical Northern Ireland weather. We will detail where to find us in your confirmation email.

Please click on the link below to complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. We have limited spaces available and will offer these on a first come first served basis. We have many more sessions planned in the upcoming months, so if you do not get a space this time, we will prioritise those who missed out next month.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQs5qsqBEpK78vAd1flySuxGYP7P3Sc-zlkpamccdGCkWVgQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Are you interested in using our inclusive beach equipment this summer?

We are delighted to announce that our inclusive beaches will be operational this summer! Due to changes in the booking process due to Coronavirus, everyone who wishes to borrow equipment at our beaches (including those who are attending a surf event) must attend a beach safety induction meeting via Zoom before booking beach equipment.

IMPORTANT – The person who attends this session must be the person booking the equipment at the beach. If there are multiple family members or carers that may be accompanying a participant to the beach, we recommend you all attend a session as equipment WILL NOT be handed over to an individual who has not attended an induction session.

Upcoming Beach Safety Induction dates (each session will last 20-30mins)

Tuesday 8 June – 9.30am
Tuesday 8 June – 7pm

*Please click on the link below to register*

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6FmX7f_Fc5-9aWdKTIP0L1RfIfH22UlpHBGKkW9g9pMv7ew/viewform?usp=sf_link

We’re Recruiting: Part-time Project Team Leader

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic person who believes in our vision to join our team on a part time basis.

Aim: To plan events for young people of all abilities, ensuring those with complex disabilities are able to take part. To effectively lead the volunteers and personal care staff at events. To ensure that events run smoothly, staff and volunteers are briefed, high quality outcome monitoring and reporting is completed and that any issues are reported and dealt with accordingly.

This role is funded by Children in Need. This is a 2.5 year role. Contact us for a full role description and application form. Closes Wednesday 9 June.

We’re Recruiting: New Part-time Role!

The Community Development Officer is a new and exciting opportunity within the Mae Murray Foundation (MMF). Since our inception in 2016, we have acquired substantial resources, which we loan, free of charge, to support people of all abilities to ‘take part’ within their local communities – people who may have previously been excluded due to age, disability, sensory or medical condition. Beach wheelchairs are one such resource, which we have positioned across several council areas. We now wish to focus our efforts on raising awareness of these resources, and our other services, through the appointment of this key role. The Community Development Officer will build relationships with councils, communities, schools, third sector organisations and with other stakeholders, across the province, so that together we can help more people, more often. The successful candidate will be required to grow our family and organisational membership across the target areas, lead demonstrations of resources or equipment training, and deliver participatory membership events. Due to the nature of some of our resources, such as beach wheelchairs and adaptive outdoor equipment, the role may vary in winter and summer months.

To apply: Download the full Job Description and Application Form from the links below. Send the completed application form to info@maemurrayfoundation.org by the 14th May. You will receive notification that we have received your application form within 24 hours. Following a shortlisting process, we will be in touch if you have been short listed to the interview stage

Job Description

Application Form

Strategic Plan

Virtual Sessions

Mon 19 Oct 4pm Fun with Drums – Live
 
Tues 20 Oct 11.30am Jo Jingles – Live
  4pm Drama via Zoom age 5-12
  4.30pm Drama via Zoom age 13-19
 
Wed 21 Oct 4pm Fizz Wizz Pop
  7pm Teenage Chatty Sessions (R) *
  8pm The Overs Chatty Sessions (R) *
 
Thurs 22 Oct 4.15pm The Gathering Drum- Live

During live sessions, join www.facebook.com/maemurrayfoundation to say hello! All other sessions are pre-recorded and will not have live interaction from facilitator.

* These sessions are private and pre-registration paperwork is essential. Subject to space, email info@maemurrayfoundation.org to find out more.

Most sessions can be re-watched on our Facebook page or our You Tube channel

Registered charity No. NIC100842

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

We were delighted to be presented with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, Mr David McCorkell. This is the highest accolade for a voluntary organisation.
In just four years, more than 100 Mae Murray Foundation volunteers have contributed over 30,000 volunteer hours, supported over 2000 people and have been shaping our vision to enable people of all ages and abilities to take part equally in social and leisure settings across Northern Ireland. We are creating change together.
Whether you have helped us paint our office, held a fundraiser, contribute to our advisory or community focus groups, support our events, help with administration or graphic design, are a Director or part of our Youth Panel…..this award is for YOU.
Our work would not be possible without people like you giving up your time freely!
Due to COVID-19 factors and space restrictions we could only celebrate with a small number of volunteers who have been helping in the last few months. So if you weren’t able to be with us yesterday, remember this award is for you too and we hope to celebrate again with you at some stage in the future.

All-terrain Wheelchair Loan Scheme

Please note, following Covid-19 risk assessment of this project, our beach loan scheme will not be operating from our beaches this summer. We are conscious our members may wish to experience the outdoors differently and therefore an alternative loan scheme will be operating from our Larne office; subject to capacity and pre-booking. All-terrain chairs will be loaned to families for their sole use and sanitised and decontaminated at our offices before being loaned to differing households.

Chairs will be allocated, to existing Foundation members only, in order of receipt of booking forms.

To book a chair, please click on the link below and read both the Hippocampe Guideance as well as the terms and conditions (within the booking form), only then should you complete the booking complete the booking form and email it to events@maemurrayfoundation.org All the information you will require will be on this booking form and the Hippocampe Guidance.

Please note – if you wish to complete the booking form on your phone, download the Microsoft word app (this is free) and when you open the link, open in ‘Word’.

Booking Form including Terms and Conditions:
https://mcusercontent.com/0b1e959c40fdda374b715146f/files/537942f5-fd00-4093-9063-6b61474e0184/RL12020_Resource_Library_Loan_Booking_Consent_Form_2020_002_1_.docx

Hippocampe Guidance:
https://mcusercontent.com/0b1e959c40fdda374b715146f/files/41b4426d-518e-44f5-a767-e65f32ddab15/RLG1_Resource_Library_Equipment_Guidance_Hippocampe.docx

AGM

YOUR Lived Experience is key!

As a membership organisation, we are led by YOU, our members. The progress we have made in the last few years is only possible because people with LIVED EXPERIENCE are creating the solutions. Join us at our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm (via Zoom) to have your say on what our priorities should be for the services we deliver for the year ahead, in light of the ongoing pandemic. For example, beach loan schemes restarting, alternative loan schemes, outdoor events, online activities.

If you wish, you will be able to engage on the night and can talk on Zoom or simply watch and type your thoughts into the chatbox if preferred.

Register now by email – we really appreciate you taking the time to help us Create Change Together.

Virtual Sessions

Mon 21 Sept 4pm Fun with Drums – Live
 
Tues 22 Sept 4pm Drama via Zoom age 5-12
  4.30pm Drama via Zoom age 13-19
 
Wed 23 Sept 4pm Fizz Wizz Pop
  7pm Teenage Chatty Sessions (R) *
  8pm The Overs Chatty Sessions (R) *
 
Fri 25 Sept 4pm The Gathering Drum – live

During live sessions, join www.facebook.com/maemurrayfoundation to say hello! All other sessions are pre-recorded and will not have live interaction from facilitator.

* These sessions are private and pre-registration paperwork is essential. Subject to space, email info@maemurrayfoundation.org to find out more.

Most sessions can be re-watched on our Facebook page or our You Tube channel

Registered charity No:NIC100842

Virtual Sessions

Mon 14 Sept 4pm Fun with Drums – Live
 
Tues 15 Sept 4pm Drama via Zoom age 5-12
  4.30pm Drama via Zoom age 13-19
 
Wed 16 Sept 4pm Fizz Wizz Pop
  7pm Teenage Chatty Sessions (R) *
  8pm The Overs Chatty Sessions (R) *
 
Fri 18 Sept 4pm The Gathering Drum – live

During live sessions, join www.facebook.com/maemurrayfoundation to say hello! All other sessions are pre-recorded and will not have live interaction from facilitator.

* These sessions are private and pre-registration paperwork is essential. Subject to space, email info@maemurrayfoundation.org to find out more.

Most sessions can be re-watched on our Facebook page or our You Tube channel

Registered charity No:NIC100842