Young disabled people in Fareham took advantage of a special information day hosted and organised by young people from the disabled charity KIDS.
The Young People’s Engagement Group at KIDS has spent the last year working on producing information and guidance videos for other young people with disabilities about short breaks and personal budgets, both of which have been funded by the Department for Education.
Last Thursday’s event took place at the Holiday Inn, Fareham and the young people from YPEG invited a range of local organisations to have a stand.
These included My Life-My Way, Choices Advocacy, British Red Cross, Sexual Health Services, Fareham and District Disability Sports, Jubilee Sailing Trust, support for SEND, NE Hants Health team, Short Breaks Hampshire and Parent Voice – Independent Supporters.
At the event they showed their two videos and asked people who attended to give feedback on them.
St Francis School brought a group of young people along, as well as a group from the Mary Rose Academy, Portsmouth.
Aisia Howard, YPEG service manager at KIDS, said: ‘Both groups interacted well with the different stands and hopefully the staff and young people took away some useful information.
‘They all gave lovely feedback and are hoping we will do something similar in the future.
‘The YPEG members who were leading on the day did a fantastic job and it was such a nice surprise for them that the mayor of Fareham Mike Ford and his wife Anne arrived at the start of the day to help get things going.
‘It was such a special day for the young people to have VIP guests come along to their event and help celebrate the hard work and effort they have put in.
‘The young people of the YPEG really need to see how amazing they are and that their efforts are recognised by their community too.
‘They have given up so much of their time over the last year to work on the project and it really is appreciated.’