Why Don’t We were invited last week to meet young people who are taking part in the National Citizen Service, The Challenge. As part of The Challenge the young people are asked to work with a local charity of their choice and we were that charity of choice.
We met the NCS team at Bradford College last week to meet the young people. Prior to our meeting, the Why Don’t We team thought it would be a brilliant idea to create a fun icebreaker game, because let’s face it, meeting people for the first time can be very scary. So we arrived at Bradford College and we gave a very quick introduction and then went straight into the game.
Before we go any further we need to tell you that Why Don’t We created the game so that both the NCS and WDW can team up and play this game with a new community group – a groovy bunch of line dancers!
Anyway back to what we were saying, WDW introduced the game to the NCS and the ice was now broken. Both teams then came together to help fine tune the game and both teams came up with some fantastic ideas.
Now this time round things started to heat up and the teams had become very competitive and we knew that the game was following WDW’s rule of having fun! Finally after all the excitement of playing the game again we left the NCS team with some important tasks for next week:
1. Naming the game
2. Rules and guidelines
3. Creating a score sheet
4. Designing a logo or mascot
5. Tie breaker question
Find out next week how it all works out when we play the game with the line dancers.
To be continued…
Since January 2015, Why Don’t We has been working in partnership with hft’s Radio 119 to raise awareness of disability hate crime. We were invited to present our work to fifty Social Work and Social Care students and staff from Bradford College and Bradford University.
Typically, the technology took some time to sort out but there was no need to worry because Chris rose to the occasion and kept everyone interested and entertained whilst we sorted it out.
Alan did a brilliant job as quiz master and kept everyone in order.
The quiz went down extremely well. It was a great, almost fun, way to present a very serious subject and kept everyone’s attention.
The rest of the team were busy too. Louise and Rebecca gave out and collected quiz sheets and made sure that everyone was comfortable.
Stuart took the pictures.
We had some great quotes from participants.
Hayley wrote: “More people need to be aware of hate crime and more will be reported”.
Ayesha told us: “I liked that real stories from real people were told as they gave us a clear understanding of how people with disabilities feel”.
We were invited to give a talk at this conference on Tuesday 17th November at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.
We had half an hour to discribe our journey as we created Why Don’t We. This included slides of Viz-Able and the groups’ achievements and its survival as the recession hit. More visuals of Battery Man with a discussion of the hard work putting together the Why Don’t We community group and becoming a charity. The audience heard and saw how the monies acquired for Healthy Eating Project as well as the Hate Crime groups culminating with the amazing day at Bradford College.
Delegates from museums, associated charities and educators from across UK and Europe listened and laughed in all the right places. Our new Thursday group and our future took pride of place.
Why Don’t We look right, felt bright and will shine on. So agreed all who were in the audience.