I had the privilege to be invited to the Get Out There (GOT) awards ceremony which took place in Chacewater. The awards to the young people were presented by HRH The Princess Royal who is also the patron of GOT and Sense. Last summer I witnessed first-hand the excellent work GOT do when I spent the afternoon with the group visiting Lands End. GOT website can be found HERE
Get Out There is a Sense service based in Cornwall for young people with little or no sight. Many of the young people in the group have additional needs such as epilepsy, diabetes, autism, hearing impairments, communication difficulties and limited mobility. Despite the complexity of these needs the group provides opportunities for the young people to access a wide range of activities. These include theme park visits, train rides, discos, surfing, ice skating, horse riding, power boating and drama. The ethos of the group is that these young people have as much right to have fun and adventure as other teenagers.
The Princess Royal handed out the awards to the young people who took part in the GOT programme. These awards were for bravery, developed confidence, dedication, kindness to name but a few of the awards. When you attend celebrations like this, and witness the excitement and pleasure of the award winners and you see how proud they are revieving the award; you know the money spent by Cornwall Council and Sense on this service is worth every penny.
Funding for GOT is a partnership between the charity Sense and Cornwall Council. It shows how two organisations can come together and support these young people. It is a partnership that works. However, the success of GOT is down to the dedication of Simon Allison and Rachel Peters who are the two project coordinators, and the many volunteers who give up their time freely to support GOT. These people are truly inspiring. It was a pleasure to celebrate the success of the group at this award ceremony.