£25,000 to give away... To­kens inside

TODAY WE TALK TO NORTH TY­NE­SIDE DIS­ABIL­ITY FO­RUM CEN­TRE (NTDF)

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What will you do with this year’s Wish money?

Any Wish money will help pur­chase art and craft ma­te­ri­als for our ses­sions in­clud­ing paint, card, brailling pa­per, pens and pen­cils and will also con­trib­ute to a trip out dur­ing our school hol­i­day club cho­sen by the young peo­ple them­selves.

Tell us about your group.

NTDF youth project has been go­ing for 20 years. It has around 200 mem­bers, bud­dies, vol­un­teers and com­mit­tee mem­bers who at­tend ses­sions day­time, even­ings, week­ends and school hol­i­days. The money re­ceived will help our young peo­ple be­tween the ages of seven and 25 years old with sensory, phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate on equal terms with their able-bod­ied peers.

What kind of ac­tiv­i­ties take place at your group?

Lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for our young peo­ple to en­joy.

Who is the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of your group?

Dar­ren Havis has been in­volved for 20 years.

Tell us about the big­gest or best ac­tiv­ity or event your group has or­gan­ised.

One of the best ac­tiv­i­ties our young peo­ple have is when they ar­range the Fo­rum’s Got Tal­ent where they in­vite dif­fer­ent guest judges along to NTDF Cen­tre to watch as each of the young peo­ple per­form. The judges then com­ment and choose a win­ner.

What is your group’s proud­est mo­ment to date?

Our proud­est mo­ment this year was when some of our young mem­bers re­ceived a North Open Col­lege Net­work award and a younger per­son re­ceived her level one and two Young Civic award.

Why should some­one join your group?

Be­cause it is a great place to make friends, you can have lots of fun and it is open to all.

What makes you proud to be from the North East us­ing five words?

Warm, wel­com­ing, friendly, happy, joy­ful.

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