Nervous of flying with a disability?
As a membership-led organisation, YOU, our members tell us how we can help you! In a recent consultation, several members stated that flying is a major concern, which often results in the decision not to travel. We have linked with Belfast International Airport and QEF Try b4 you fly to have a walk through the airport as though you are leaving to board a flight - you will have the opportunity to ask airport staff any questions and QEF will also be able to answer any queries about the journey once you leave the airport.
If you would like to attend this event, please email or phone us to register.
T: 0300 600 1166
Save the date!
Save the Date!!! Fellow member Tracy is kindly organising a Style & Craft Fair in the Templeton Hotel to help raise funds to continue our work in Creating Change. With Mothers Day the day after, why not book the afternoon tea as an extra special treat ! Contact Tracy to book (contact details below)
Youth Panel – Get Involved!
We are a membership-based organisation - this means YOU, our members, tell us how we can help you. We have had an exciting couple of years so far with our teenage project and as our funding enters its final year, we are thinking about how to plan a new and better project, with our confident experienced young people at the heart of the design.
We wish to form a Mae Murray Foundation Youth Panel. This panel will share insights, experiences and talk to the wider teenage group about likes and dislikes- to help plan future projects and events for teenage members throughout N.Ireland.
We are seeking 4-5 young people aged 15-18 to ‘take the lead’ (those of you who are younger will have the opportunity to get involved in the future.)
Before applying, members should be aware of the following information and be able to commit to the residential dates listed:
- There will be an application process, unfortunately, we cannot accept everyone. The initial stage will be an expression of interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri 15 March. If we can adapt or adjust this process in any way to suit need, simply let us know.
- The Youth Panel will meet quarterly (4 times per year) at our offices in Willowbank Business Park, Larne. Transport will NOT be available but personal care support WILL be provided.
- Training such as safeguarding, disability awareness, first aid will be provided.
- A workshop based planning residential will take place in Portstewart on 8-9 July (full details to be confirmed)
- Youth Panel members should be young people who are keen to develop skills to support others and will embrace the role of welcoming new members into the group
If you have any questions at all, please do contact Kyleigh by phone or email.
T: 0300 600 1166
Disabled Access Day
Disabled Access Day is all about celebrating the inclusion that comes from increased accessibility. Therefore on this day, we would like to celebrate our Inclusive Beach Project and our Inclusive Play Zones and the fact that these have increased the opportunities for our members to take part and get active in environments where this traditionally would not have been possible.
Come along to this family fun day and find out how you can access our beach and play equipment (free of charge) and get advice on what piece of equipment is right for you. We will also be bringing Bugzi along and we will have OT support should your child wish to try this or any other equipment.
And of course, we will also have games, crafts, sensory play and even a bit of laughter yoga for everyone of all abilities to take part in!
Please see all of the details in the poster above. To register for this event, please email or phone our office.
T: 0300 600 1166
The Music Yard facilitated a fantastic music workshop last night at our Teenage Hub for young people of all abilities! Everyone had the opportunity to try different instruments and get involved - we can't wait to have them back! Our Teenage Hub is based in Willowbank, Larne on a Friday evening once a month for young people aged 12-20. We provide assistance and personal care support for anyone who needs it - it is a great opportunity to be independent, make friends and have fun!
Family Mindfulness Event
We had a relaxing day at the Olympia Leisure Centre and Spa with Lightwork NI teaching us techniques to help with stress and anxiety with a taster session from the Fresh Little Minds programme! This event was funded by the Ireland Funds - become a member today to get involved in our family project - for the whole family; all ages and abilities.
Invitation to Tender
Mae Murray is calling for tenders to supply inclusive mobility beach equipment, to create an inclusive beach at a single location within Northern Ireland. Full details can be obtained via the link below or by contacting Kyleigh Lough on 03006001166. The tender closes on Friday 25 January at 5pm.
First Teenage Drop-in Hub
Planning, pizza & plenty of craic!
We had a great night on Friday at our first Drop in Hub for teenagers of all abilities! Lots of good ideas about what the ‘hub’ should involve moving forward. Some requests focused around fun and chilling, whilst others were about increasing essential skills and independence. Thank you to Domino’s Larne for donating pizza….as you can see it was enjoyed by all!!!