What am I doing...?
As part of Afasic's 45th birthday celebrations I'm going to be taking on a 4 Nations cycle ride challenge... a 650mile trek across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
Why are we doing it?
The Afasic Youth Project is unique...
It's the only dedicated Youth Club you can go to in London if you are a young person with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties. Incredible really when you think that we live in a city of 20 million people where 1 in 10 of us have communication impairment...
If this project closes, there will be no place in London where young people with communication difficulties can go to hang out, meet people and learn skills which they can use to become more independent and get the most out of their lives.
For the past 12 years young people who would most likely be sitting in their bedrooms by themselves on a Friday night have had a place to go to build friendships, experience new things and enjoy a social life that most people take for granted. It's not all fun and games though... for the past 5 years, an exceptional partnering of Youth Workers and a Speech and Language Therapist has led to the development of a dynamic programme of UK Youth Achievement Award challenges. These programmes teach young people the essential skills they need to independently access and enjoy the world around them as they become adults
We at VideoProfiling are constantly impressed, inspired and humbled by the work that the project does and we don't think it's fair that the young people should worry that their Friday night hang-out should be in danger of closing down. That's why we're trying to raise awareness of the great work that Clare, Chi, Sham, Sagan and all of the volunteers do and the MASSIVE impact it has for the young people and families of Redbridge, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and other neighbouring boroughs who access the youth project.
Please help us raise money for the Afasic Youth Project. Donate, sponsor us, tell your friends or join us in raising money for an amazing and unique project that enables young people with communication impairment and their families to look forward to their weekend.