Surf's up for strategy launch
Friday 26 June 2015

Surf Session with The Wave ProjectLast Saturday was Brandon Trust's opportunity to relaunch their Children, Young People and Families Strategy in Cornwall. As I set off for the long journey from Bristol to Newquay at 6am, Tracy Date (Business Development Manager), Byron Green (young person we support) and Jane Zito (the mum of a young person we support) were also getting out of bed early, preparing to be interviewed live on BBC Radio Cornwall’s breakfast show.

The enthusiastic trio spoke confidently on air about the support services Brandon Trust has developed over the last five years to support children with learning disabilities and their families in the local area. Later in the morning, the team and some of the families they support, showcased their specially produced short film ‘Follow Me’ at Newquay’s Lighthouse Cinema. The film première was followed by a family fun day at Fistral Beach, which included a surfing session with volunteers from The Wave Project. There's certainly been a lot to celebrate, and the day’s events were a fitting tribute to the hard work carried out by the children’s team in Cornwall.

My involvement with children’s teams across the Trust over recent months has been through the review of children’s services and the development of a new Children, Young People and Families Strategy. The strategy outlines how Brandon Trust is developing its approaches to reflect the changes in the new Children and Families Act and SEND reforms, and how we plan to extend our support over the next three years to reach more families in more areas.

The Wiltshire team already has a lot of experience under their belt providing behavioural support to children in their family homes, and now children and young people are starting to be supported by Brandon Trust in Bristol, Gloucestershire and London too. I’ve been impressed to see how our local teams are working really creatively to make sure that children with disabilities can be supported to live in their family homes throughout their childhood; growing up with those that love them most, having fun, making friends and being free to establish a real presence in their local neighbourhoods, including looking cool in the surf!

Janet Shmulevitch
Project Manager (Product Development)