This April, Totnes based charity Lifeworks-UK took fourteen young adults from it’s “Kool Club” youth group to London for a three day adventure. The purpose of the trip was to teach the club about their rights as disabled people in the UK and for everyone to enjoy a number of exciting activities in the capital. For many of those attending, this was their first time away from home and their first taste of real independence.

As part of the visit, Daytrippers were very happy to treat everyone to a meal at Planet Hollywood. The film-themed restaurant in the West End was one of the locations the Kool Club requested to visit and it turned out to be one of their favourite stops of the trip. Our Charity Coordinator James went along to meet the group and find out about the rest of their time in London. Sarah-Jane from Lifeworks-UK said that dinner at Planet Hollywood had been a welcome respite from the trip’s ambitious schedule.

“Daytrippers subsidized the element of the trip that we as the organizers were seeing as  ‘the icing on the cake’, but for the young people was at the top of their wish list” Sarah-Jane Lowson
Lifeworks-UK’s Community Projects Development Manager

The club were invited by Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, to visit the Houses of Parliament and have their questions about disability rights answered in person. They were met by Phil Murray from the Disability and Work Opportunities office and had a great discussion about their vocational and ‘on the job’ training options. Also chaperoning the group was Dr. Wollaston’s assistant and the House of Parliment Diversity Officer.

“The group were looked after superbly by Daragh Quinn and Tracie West, who carefully explained and justified in a historical and social context why it is so important that Kool Club take up their right to vote”
Sarah-Jane Lowson 

Whilst in the capital, the Kool Club also managed to catch the West End production of Mama Mia at the Novello Theatre, visit South Kensington’s famous Science Museum and unwind at Kids Adventure Play, Hackney. All in all, quite an action packed trip!

“I loved the train journeys. I loved Planet Hollywood and Mama Mia. I learned that London is the best place ever” Kool Club member

If you’re a member of a special school, charity, hospice, or support group, visit our How to become a Daytripper page to see how you could receive a grant for your own unique and exciting day out. You can also join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all the latest Daytrippers activities.

 

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