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Way Forward thanks IW FoundationA host of new opportunities have opened up to Islanders with disabilities thanks to a grant from the Isle of Wight Foundation, established by the partners in Island Roads.

The Way Forward Programme received £5,000 from the Isle of Wight Foundation to purchase IT equipment including computers, tablets and cameras, all suitable for use by people with physical disabilities.  It means the charity can now launch their new programme of ASDAN accredited vocational courses in 5 subjects including Expressive Arts, Sports and Fitness and Environmental Studies.  As well as expand their successful photography and film sessions.

Programme Lead, Lee White explains:

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“The ASDAN short courses are perfect for those on our programme as they can be tailored to an individual’s needs and provide everyone with the opportunity to receive a formal qualification.

“We’re looking forward to holding a special gala at the end of the year to celebrate everyone’s achievements and the support we have received from the Isle of Wight Foundation.”

As well as being an ASDAN registered Centre, Way Forward has recently become the only centre on the Island to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award solely for those with physical and learning disabilities aged 18 to 24.

Lee continued:

“Anyone who has taken part in D of E will know what a fantastic experience it can be.  Its key value of ‘Achievable by All’ is very important to us and we’re very excited to be able to use our many years of experience of supporting Islanders with disabilities to help young people achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards.”

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If you are interested in finding out more about the ASDAN short courses or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Way Forward, you can visit the charity’s website www.wayforwardprogramme.co.uk.

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