Accessibility

Let’s Get Local

Participate in your local community!

We are increasing participation and inclusion in local community environments, for a broad range of differing ages and abilities, in a variety of ways.

Family Project

Our pilot family project, kindly funded by the Ireland Fund, offers fun days out for the whole family together, meeting other families supported by us. We evaluate venues, parking and access, taking all the stress out of planning. We make sure to use locaations which have Changing Places toilets, or we bring our own hoist and adult sized changing bench.Our volunteers love meeting our member families and lending an extra pair of hands where needed.

Some of our activities to date have included; a visit to W5, the MAC, inclusive fun days in various council areas offering a variety of activities such as arts and craft, sensory, music and sports, petting zoo, drumming, all-ability sports and dance and of course our family beach days.

Inclusive Play Zones

With your input we have created a pack of inclusive play, sensory and adapted sports items which are available for members to borrow and use free of charge, when onsite at the following locations:

Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

Simply go to ‘reception’ at Flowerfield or the ‘shop’ opposite the café at Antrim Castle Gardens – say you are a Mae Murray Foundation member and ask to borrow the pack. Terms & Conditions of Use will be presented for you to read and sign.

Early Years

We are passionate about early intervention and wish to help our young members develop potential, feel supported and able to participate within their community. Based on your requests, we have teamed with PlayboardNI, the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play, to design an ambitious Early Years Project and we look forward to securing funding to deliver in the future.

Bugzi

Linking to our theme of enabling potential and early development opportunities, we are delighted to be appointed by MERU as Northern Ireland partner for Bugzi – the award-winning powered indoor chair for young children. Bugzi is availability free of charge under a loan scheme and offers a unique opportunity for pre-school children, with mobility difficulties, to explore their home environment, often for the very first time.

Bugzi is tailored and adapted to each individual child’s needs, with the capacity to adjust seating and controls as he or she grows. If you think your child may benefit from a Bugzi, please do call us on 0300 600 1166 to find out more or drop us an email to info@maemurrayfoundation.org

Wizzybug

We are pleased to announce that Wizzybug’s will soon be arriving in Northern Ireland! The Wizzybug Loan Scheme provides free, fun, powered wheelchairs called Wizzybugs to children under 5. The scheme is managed by Designability and will be delivered by ourselves.

If you know a child aged 14 months – 5 years who could benefit form a free Wizzybug, please get in touch.

Teenage Project

We operate a popular social project for ages 14-18 years old, kindly funded by BBC Children in Need until early 2020. Our teens meet up for socialising and friendship opportunities and enjoy a range of activities such as; bowling, movies, concerts, sporting events, all-ability biking, surfing (all including wheelchair options) and short activity breaks. If you have a teenager, up to age 18, who would like to join this friendly group please join our mailing list for upcoming events by completing a family membership application online now.

The Hub

The Hub takes place at our base on the outskirts of Larne, monthly. Aimed at young people aged 12-20 years old, the focus is on chilling out, having fun, making friends, with opportunities to learn new skills and improve both physical and mental well-being. Activities have included laughter yoga, arts and crafts, music sessions, board game night and dance.

Over 18’s

Following a successful pilot project for over 18’s, our young adults have designed a project to suit their unmet need. We are currently seeking funding to implement this much needed project. If you would benefit and would like to get involved, please do message our Facebook page or email us at info@maemurrayfoundation.org

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