Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

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17 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 ‘Magical virtual contact’ helps disabled students Parity trustee Claire Brunton, her brother, student Adam Brunton, and Molly the dog demonstrat­e how to make a birdfeeder in a video for Parity TV via a variety of techniques, including facial expression­s, body language, signs and symbols, staying connected and coming up with ideas for activities presented a huge challenge for the charity. However, undeterred, team members including Amy Gooderham, Kelly Jarman and Becky Wawick, have adapted to continue their interactio­ns with students, who would normally use the charity’s provision up to five days a week, via the internet, phone, video and even post. Virtual activities and catch-ups have been held via Zoom and students have even been able to lead some sessions, with student Nick recently leading a baking session with support of a family member. PEOPLE with multiple disabiliti­es have been able to stay active and connected during the coronaviru­s pandemic, thanks to a Farnboroug­hbased charity. Prior to lockdown, Parity for Disability provided specialist support to 56 people with multiple disabiliti­es aged 18 and over, at their centres in Farnboroug­h, Camberley and Mytchett. With the onset of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns, the students, as they are known to Parity, their families and carers faced particular distress and anxiety, after the charity had to suspend their face to face services at the end of March. With the charity’s staff members often communicat­ing to students Parity for Disability executive director Alison Cooper said: “This experience will undoubtedl­y drive further service developmen­t and innovation at Parity. We have to ensure we’re able to continue to enrich the lives of those who rely on our services.” resources and live streams of activities from further specialist­s, alongside events from the wider world that might be of interest to students, and students were also able to join other Parity supporters in taking part in the hugely successful 2.6 challenge. Kelly said: “It’s been amazing. “Working from home, it’s strange not having the daily one-to-one contact with the students, but through technology we’ve had some truly magical virtual contact.” The charity’s website has also been adapted to include ideas, PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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