This morning saw the launch of the i-go scheme, put together by Brighton-based Rockinghorse, a children’s charity. I was invited having helped write some of the copy for the project, and thought I’d give a quick run down of the scheme and event here for any of my readers that might be interested in helping young people with disabilities in the East Sussex area.
What is i-go?
The i-go is an access card designed to improve access to leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities, and their families. Run in partnership with East Sussex County Council and Rockinghorse, and with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, it relies on local businesses’ involvement, as the overall idea is to raise awareness of staff at leisure facilities, and to provide the i-go users with greater information about the facilities they use. Supported by the Information for Families helpline, users can phone to find out everything they need to know about prospective venues, to make their family visits a success.
i-go is currently accepted in 34 venues across East Sussex, including some in Brighton; If you want more information or would like to get involved in i-go, please contact the Information for Families Helpline. Do note that the card itself is not open to residents of Brighton and Hove, with some exceptions. Brighton City Council have a similar scheme of their own, the Compass Card from Amaze.
The i-go Launch
The i-go scheme was launched at the Amex Stadium, near Falmer (outside Brighton) this morning, with a host of supporters, member organisations and service users there to welcome the scheme. We were treated to a talk from local athlete Ben Quilter, Paralympic Bronze Medalist in judo (and a multiple world title winner). He gave an inspiring talk about how he’s overcome his visual impairment and, at the London 2012 Olympics, a recent injury to achieve incredible results in judo. He gave a message that bears repeating: life can always give us excuses not to do something, or not to achieve something, and it’s your choice to either take that excuse and bail out, or embrace your problems and overcome adversity. Which I think we can agree he’s done rather well.
It’s a message all those involved in the i-go scheme are well aware of, pushing to make life better for those with disabilities in the East Sussex area. So if you’re a business and would like to get involved, or know anyone who would, do take a look at the i-go site and contact Rockinghorse for more information. Or see the flyer below: