Accessibility

We’ve done it!

We have created N.I.'s first Inclusive Beach!!!!!

Sincere thanks to Wooden Spoon Charity for over £18K of funding to help make our first Inclusive Beach a reality and of course special thanks to the local committee of Wooden Spoon who recognised the need for this project and supported the vision wholeheartedly every step of the way!

Thanks also to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council for welcoming this initiative and who will now deliver the project in partnership with Mae Murray Foundation.

Peter Wood, chair of Wooden Spoon Ulster and our own Chairperson Alix Crawford hands over the Inclusive Beach plague to Councillor George Duddy, chair of Leisure & Development Committee, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
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Larne Shoppers!

Please pop in and vote for us!

We have been shortlisted for Lidl Community Works funding. Can everyone in the Larne area who shares our vision or would like to support our work, please call into Lidl UK Larne and vote for us to win £4000?

Vote C!! #LidlCommunityWorks

First Inclusive Beach Coming Soon!

Young people’s March Event – Fully Booked

Our young people’s outing to Hairspray at the Waterfront Hall sold out super quick!! Simply become a member to receive prior notification of events. Download a membership form on the membership page of our website #dontmissout #greatcraicwithfriends

St. George’s Christmas Market 2016

Come and visit us from the 19th-22nd of December at our stall. We're selling our own Christmas cards, Port & Cranberry Sauce and Christmas gifts. We would love to see you !

Christmas Fun at Tumble Circus 2016

A super night out !

We were delighted that so many members joined us for a Christmas night out with a difference – ‘Snow’ performance by Tumble Circus. The Big Top was situated in Writer’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter for the festive period and thanks to the P.S.N.I. families were able to avail of a stress-free drop off and pick up point. The evening was great fun with some tasty pizza thrown in. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at Tumble Circus for a superb show and for going to such efforts to  ensure we had everything we needed.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming many more members next year.

Mobi-mat Wheelchair Beach Path Trial

Beach Access - getting closer !

Thanks to John Preston Healthcare we were recently able to trial a Mobi-Mat wheelchair pathway at Benone Beach, Causeway Coast & Glens. It’s actually surprisingly light, but attaches firmly to the sand to allow ease of passage. Our members, many of whom have never been on a beach before, were all very excited about the possibility of beach environments being adapted to suit need.

We are currently engaged with the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough council in an attempt to progress beach participation for all-abilities together. Our chairperson, Alix Crawford, said “Council staff have already introduced an accessible shower facility – The Ark, at Benone Beach and it’s great to know that they are very keen to find out more about what more needs to be done. We look forward to assisting the council in any way we can, to create a stress-free inclusive environment.”

All-ability Family Surf Day Fun

Finally - adventure together !!

Thanks to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, who kindly closed off the road on Benone Beach, we were able to have suitable and stress-free wheelchair access for our all-ability surf day.

Our brand new wheelchair surfboard was certainly put through it’s paces with great surf on the day and many families were able to experience the beach and an adventurous activity together for the first time. The weather didn’t dampen spirits and a great day was had by all.

Special thanks to Long Line Surf School and our own Mae Murray Foundation volunteers.

Family Surf Day – 18 September 2016 (Pre-booking essential)

Want to try our 'sit down' surfboard ???

We are hosting an ‘all-ability inclusive surf day’ at Benone beach on 18 September for all the family. Places are limited and subject to availability. All ages and abilities are welcome but pre-booking is essential to ensure we have space and can meet all of your needs.

Register your interest in the first instance by sending an email to info@maemurrayfoundation.org and we will be in touch. We need your name, number of family members who wish to surf and choice of ‘sit-down’ surfboard, standard or group rafting. Remember to add a telephone contact number.

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All-ability Short Break / Summer 2016

Fancy trying this? We are delighted to announce we will be introducing the first ‘sit-down’ surfboard to Northern Ireland very soon! If you are aged between 14 and 18, apply now to join us for an All-ability Short on either 1-2 July or 5-7 August.  It will be a great opportunity to experience independence, make new friends  and  try out new and exciting activities. Dates are filling up quickly so request an application form  by emailing your name and choice of date to info@maemurrayfoundation.org