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Friends and Family ‘Step Up’ and Fundraise for Newcastle Day Opportunities Service.

Highlighting the importance of community partnerships in delivering services for adults with learning disabilities in the Newcastle area, this month friends and family of Autism Initiatives Newcastle Day Opportunities came together to officially announce the formation of a new fundraising committee.

‘Friends of Newcastle Day Opportunities’ comprises members, each with a vested interest in the growth and development of the unique service that provides day outreach opportunities and activities to over 20 adults – including arts & crafts, music, gardening and day trips.

First Trust's Oliver Allen, Colin McGrath MLA and Cllr Laura Devlin alongside The Great Big Walk participants and members of the new fundraising committee.

To help launch this new fundraising unit, the committee and Service Users hosted participants of The Great Big Walk and local councillors on Friday 16th June at their Day Opportunities Service. This launch party provided not only a welcome rest for the walkers who by the end of their journey will have trekked over 300 miles but provided an opportunity to discuss the big plans the volunteers have for the service.

Friends of Newcastle Day Opportunities

Speaking about the formation of this new committee, National Director of Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland, Grainne Close said: “It is fantastic to see friends and family so passionate about the development of this service. To date, we have organised two fundraising craft fairs and an Autism grotto from this location but organising these events can eat into the service delivery, which is always our priority. With this in mind, I can think of no better solution than to have those closest to our wonderful Service Users manage the fundraising element. I look forward to seeing, and supporting, the great work that they do.”

Helping with the establishment of this group, Carmel O’Boyle commented: "Family members jumped at the chance to be able to help, so we now have an enthusiastic and talented committee in place. We look forward to working closely with Autism Initiatives NI. Our group hopes to highlight the excellent work that is done by our partners on behalf of people with disabilities, and to help meet the shortfall in funding that is prevalent across so many sectors at the moment. Our group is particularly grateful to the staff in Newcastle's First Trust Bank for their support.”

Staff and Service Users at Launch of new Group