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Meet our staff and people we suppport


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Diverse Abilities Plus is a Dorset based charity that provides a lifetime of invaluable support and care for many hundreds of children, young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities in our local community.

Number of people we support:


Providing almost 250,000 hours of care every year! Diverse Abilities Plus is the trading name of Diverse Abilities Plus Ltd. Registered as a charity in accordance with the Charities Act 1993. Charity No. 282197

We spend 84p in every £1 supporting children and adults with disabilities.

Our purpose is: Provide, adapt and develop our services to meet the needs of people with either or both physical and learning disabilities in our community

It costs us over £13,000 a day to provide all of Diverse Abilities’ services

In 2012 Diverse Abilities supported 473 families in Dorset

Another newsletter packed with a huge amount of activity. It’s really good to see us find new ways for people to live in their own home and on this occasion a big thank you has to go to the Talbot Village for their support.

The event season is about to start I urge everybody to look at ways to support us. We should have something that takes your fancy: free falling, cake sales, Dragon boats - all good fun and hopefully something for everyone.

We keep growing our services and adapting them to give Thank you for your support, individual support to those that need it and we really appreciate Mark Powell the financial support and the CEO volunteers from the community, it can’t be done without you.


New service for Supported Living Supported Living welcomed two new faces on the 1st Febuary into a bungalow in Talbot Village. Ingrid and Dominie had previously been in residential care so the new experience of living with someone independantly is a massive step for both of them. The results have been fantastic with both settling in to their new home and surroundings within our Supported Living service. Ingrid is especially fond of making the most of the new garden (as pictured) and Dominie is enjoying being closer to her family in Bournemouth. This is a great example of the positive effects of supported living compared to residential care. Ingrid’s friends and family say she has never been more happy! Dominie is also making the most of being closer to her family compared to when she lived in Weymouth. The independence that Ingrid and Dominie now have allows them to make decisions for themselves, decide what they do with their days and even what they cook themselves for dinner!


Christmas Party in supported Living

With entertainment from super groups like The Village People and The Spice Girls it’s no wonder the Supported Living Christmas party was a fantastic success! Along with the brilliant entertainment everyone recieved an award for something they achieved in 2012. Here are some of those awards. Andrew Jones Parascending on holiday! Gillian Boyce Attending Pottery Matt Hale Riding his bike Julian Smith Swimming Graham Wills Settling into his new home Simon Shave For being a fantastic blogger Eric Garlic Doing a photography course Tim Hinves Swimming Peter Caws Maintaining Independance

And many more... Well done to all who took part in the party and all those who won a certificate, keep it up ready for next years celebrations! 4

Holidays in Children’s Services: You may of recieved a letter from us over Christmas asking for your support over the holidays. Here’s what your support helped us to achieve: Over Christmas Children’s Services supported almost





hours of care


£35,000 TO PROVIDE.

We did this with support of the local community. Thank you to everyone who supported us over the holidays! These statistics are just a small insight into the work Children’s Services do throughout the year.


Easter Holiday fun! Here are some examples of the Easter holiday activities through our Children’s Team.

Ringo’s Adventure Wonderland Wet and Whacky Swimming Bowling Easter Egg Hunt Bouncy Castle

Monkey World Roller Disco Sealife Centre Visit Water Park Farmer Palmers Tennis and other sports And lot’s more!

Langside Tuck Shop The Community Group at Langside School opened their classroom as a sandwich bar and tuck-shop recently. It was an exhausting day but thoroughly enjoyed by both staff of the pop up sandwich bar and it’s customers. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a success. 6

Project Hangout joins the Children’s Team Diverse Abilities has always strived to be a leader in service provision for children and adults in Dorset. The new service to join the Children’s Team is called Project Hang Out, which aims to be true to its name. Project Hangout’s aim is to open up our services to a wide audience of children and young people with disabilities. It encourages new friendships and access to new and fun activities, and links in very well with our existing services. Hangout has so far been very successful with sessions at Monkey World, pottery painting in Christchurch, at Putlake Farm and to Adventure Wonderland. Project Hangout really compliments and fits well with all of Diverse Abilities’ Children’s Team activities. It’s great for the kids to have continuity in staffing and procedure. With such a wide range of opportunities Diverse Abilities makes it as easy as possible for a child to have fun experiences and their families to have support at wide range of times and days.


For more information on how to access these services please call: 01202 718266 or e-mail:

Holiday and After School fun with the Children’s Team


Haskins name Diverse Abilities as their Charity of the Year

Diverse Abilities Plus will be at the centre regularly and there will be fun events throughout the year. Watch this space for more details.

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Haskins Garden Centre.

Thieves steal from Langside The exhaust and catalytic converter were taken from underneath a special wheelchairadapted Minibus outside langside school just before Christmas. This meant that the bus could not be used to transport the students to visit Santa. Fortunately there was a happy ending as Hendy Van and Truck Hire, based at the Nuffield Industrial Estate, ordered the new part and fitted it to the minibus with the highest priority to enable the Santa trip to go ahead, while Bournemouth Rotary paid the 9

ÂŁ300 insurance excess. After hearing of the trouble Secure Micro Solutions in Leeds has given the charity a free catalytic converter alarm and Redkite in Wimborne will fit the alarm in the New Year.


White Pepper Plaque Look out for our plaque if you are ever in White Pepper Cookery School in Lytchett Matravers. This is to show the brilliant partnership we’ve shared with the school and the fantastic sipport they’ve offered Diverse Abilities Plus. We hope it can continue long into the future!

Langside Christmas Cards sent far and wide This Christmas saw a fantastic fundraising idea supported by a local company. Students of the community group at Langside designed and made Christmas Cards. These were then professionally printed by International Cards and Gifts with no cost to the charity Sale of these Christmas cards raised almost £1500 for the charity. Keep an eye out next Christmas for the 2013 designs

Thanks again to International Card’s and Gifts 10





Waitrose Wimborne has given Diverse Abilities Plus a fantastic prize to raffle. The chance for one of our supporters to win a high octane Trolley Dash around the store. 3 minutes to fill your trolley. Each ticket costs ÂŁ2 BUY YOURS NOW Terms and conditions can be found on our website


E We need your help! If you would like to help Diverse Abilities Plus by selling raffle tickets on behalf of the charity please get in touch We will send you a pack. To buy or help sell tickets please phone or e-mail Hugh 01202 718266 12



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Due to the success of the 2012 Great Dorset Bake Sale, Diverse Abilities will be repeating the event in 2013. The aim of The Great Dorset Bake Sale is to have as many bake sales as possible held country-wide during the week beginning the 6th May, all raising money for Diverse Abilities . If you or the company you work for would like to take part in The Great Dorset Bake Sale please get in touch. We will provide you with a fantastic pack with everything you’ll need to raise money for our charity.

To be part of this baking extravaganza call or e-mail Beccy 01202 718266


V 73 O L U N £17,500 T £240 E E R In 2011 we welcomed


In the year the hours and effort the volunteers gave saved the charity

That’s equivalent of a



Here are some of the volunteering opportunities:

Play Volunteer Office Volunteer Event Volunteer Help in the charity’s projects (Children/Adults) There are lots of opportunities. Get in touch to find out more!


We need your contacts! As Dorset’s Disability charity we would love to spread our message to everyone in Dorset! The quickest way to do this is to go to places where we can meet lots of people.

Churches/Places of worship Organisations /societies Network of friends Teams/clubs of any kind Activity groups Companies/businesses Teachers (schools/colleges) Social places (pubs/cafes)

If you can help us access these groups or you know the contact details of someone who might be able to help please let Beccy know. or call 01202 718266


Thank You

The Bourne Lodge No. 6959 made a donation of £225

TK Maxx on Ringwood Road who very kindly donated a wonderful £2500 to Diverse Abilities through their Community Fund scheme The Tavern Pub, Poole raised £75.41 through collection pots Oakley Butchers, Wimborne raised £21 through collection pots

9th Parkstone Guides raised £150 through a Bring and Buy Sale

ACT Foundation who donated £1494.94


Liverpool Victoria for their donation of £1000 towards our Play Opportunities

Princecroft Willis for their donation of £430

Verwood Methodist Church for donating £300 to Coping with CHAOS Despite all this great support, Diverse Abilities Plus still really needs the help of our local community to help raise the funds needed to provide support and care for people with disabilities. Please email: or call us on 01202 718266 if you wish to help. Wessex Group in Shaftesbury for donating £500 for sensory toys 18



From the top of this abseil you can enjoy a stunning view of Poole Harbour. To take part in this daring challenge you will be harnessed up and trained by our team of highly skilled and professional abseil instructors. They will ensure you are equipped with the knowledge and training to make your abseil safe and enjoyable Last years event raised almost


Which is enough to provide : • 3 months of nursing support across our services OR • Our youth club for young people with disabilities for half a year.


VIEW £10 entry fee



people for

£30 Email: Call: 01202 718266




Join us in 2013 for the popular Castaway Survival Challenge. Learn how to live off of the land, create shelters and survive the wild.


Weymouth, June 2013 The first ever Diverse Abilities It’s a Knockout! A great fun day for friends and colleagues More details will follow shortly.

POOLE DRAGON BOAT The most popular event in the Diverse Abilities Plus calendar is back for 2013 and we want your teams to make it bigger than ever!


Join other Diverse Abilities adrenaline junkies in this grueling and muddy race. Grit and determination are a must!



This exciting adventure contains If you have ever thought of fundamental elements of survival, jumping out of a plane for charity which will challenge you from dawn we have many dates available until dusk (and beyond)! throughout the year to suit you.

For further information and dates please see our website: 21

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718266 and ask for Sharon

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Meet someone we support You’ve started volunteering for the Charity in the offices, what do you do?

Name: Eric Garlik What Service do you use? I live in Supported Living, I moved in to my flat when Edward House closed. What is your favourite thing about living independantly in Supported Living? It’s lovely to live on my own. I like doing things by myself like hoovering the lounge or washing up. I’m also trying to do more like washing and ironing. I also like having the space to have pets. I have a cat called Gorgeous a guinea pig called Sparky and I used to have a fish.


I do shredding, I help envelope packing when its needed and I also help answering the door. I’ve also started to help with interviewing potential new staff. It’s great to be involved.My favourite part is talking with all the staff. They are very friendly. What do you like outside of volunteering? I like hoovers, phones, gramaphones and cameras. I like watching them on Youtube. I have a big collection of different hoovers including very old ones.

Meet a Parent from child to adult and an established advice service really fills me with confidence for the future. How have Diverse Abilities supported you and your familiy during your time with the organisation? Name: Lisa Noel Amelia’s Mum Background information: Amelia’s been at Langside since she was two and a half years old and Smithers since three. I’ve seen the services Diverse Abilities provide improve and increase over the last 5 years. Being able to now utilise Project Term Time and shortly Project My Time now has made her holidays a lot more fun What is your favourite thing about Diverse Abilities Plus? The fact all the staff seem to be really passionate about their jobs, the children and adult’s they support. The range in Diverse Abilities services makes it unlike any other charity in Dorset, having support

Staff go out of their way to support not just the child but also the family too. With so much experience in all of the services provided every decision is helped with staff signposting and support. How has the organisation grown and adapted? Over the last couple of years I’ve seen the organisation grow with the times, introducing the new Project Hang Out and Term Time. With parents increasingly struggling in school holidays, just a couple of activities can make such a big difference. I’ve enjoyed seeing the Charity focus on marketing a bit more and shouting about what they do to the public because it really is a fantastic set of people and services that everyone should know about! 24

Get involved As well as taking part in some of our fantastic events or buying a raffle ticket to win a trolley dash there are many other ways that you can help Diverse Abilities Plus.

Here are just a few ideas: Invite a speaker from Diverse Abilities Plus to a group or club that you’re part of so that other people can hear about how the charity helps local families. Hold your own event such as a quiz night, concert, car wash or something really zany. We’ll happily help you. Help us distribute collection tins. We have lots of collections pots that would look much nicer on the counters of your local shops, cafés and pubs than in our office.

Donating to Diverse Abilities Plus Set up a standing order (see back page for form) Send a cheque made payable to Diverse Abilities Plus (address overleaf) Visit: to make a donation online Text PLUS15 £(donation amount) to 70070 e.g. PLUS15 £10 Help us grow (see page 16 for ideas) 25

E-mail us Events: Volunteering: Legacies: Company Fundraising Recruitment: For signposting to any of the services: Questions and feedback about the newsletter: DON’T FORGET you can call 01202 718266 for more info

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Please return this form to: Diverse Abilities Plus, Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole BH12 4NZ I am a UK tax payer. Please treat all gifts of money that I make today and in the future as Gift Aid donations. I understand that I must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that Diverse Abilities Plus will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year - 25p for each £1 Data Protection: Your details are held on our database and will not be passed on to any other party (in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998). If you do not wish to receive any future mailings from us please 27 call the Fundraising office. (01202718266) Charity no. 282197