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A safe space to socialise

The Birmingham Children’s Trust identified a gap in provision whereby young people and children living with disabilities lacks safe spaces to socialise in and around the city.

Edgbaston Foundation are happy to help by bringing the group together at the stadium every 6 weeks to socialise, try new activities and discuss the care that they receive, in order to drive positive change and improvements to children’s services in Birmingham.

The voice of disabled young people in care

The ‘Roaring Lions’ act as representatives for children currently living in care who have disabilities. So far, they have engaged in action to improve the levels of Makaton used by their key workers and contributed to a ‘Mind Your Language’ campaign, designed to drive cultural change within Birmingham Children’s Trust by providing staff with guidance on outdated language and acronyms still in circulation.

“The Roaring Lions is giving fantastic opportunities for young people to meet regularly and enjoy inclusive activities where they can develop friendships and communication, leadership and social skills.”

Alex Hillman

Birmingham Children’s Trust Corporate Parenting Coordinator

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