Charity nomination #1

I’d like to propose Arcos as the MJ charity for 2016

arcos.org.uk/
ARCOS is a UK national charity, working to improve life for children and adults who have communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

The ARCOS Centre: In 1993, ARCOS moved to Malvern in order to provide a nationwide consultation and training service from a central base in the West Midlands.
Thanks to grant funding, in particular, the BBC Children In Need Appeal, ARCOS could now welcome clients to the Centre and initiate an outreach service making it possible for clients to be seen in their own homes. A small equipment library was founded.

Mission statement
To contribute towards improving children’s communication skills and personal, social and emotional development. We deliver a sensory approach to learning while working in partnership with carers.

SMILE (Sensation Movement Interaction in Life Experiences) provides a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children in Need is pump priming the ARCOS SMILE Project

Aims:

To provide a sensory environment that is both comfortable and stimulating in which children can explore and learn through play.
To promote carers‘ awareness of their children’s early learning and development through making the most of everyday activities and interactions.
To provide advice and support to carers regarding their children’s needs.
SMILE recognises that:

Carers are a child’s first and most important educators.
Self-esteem and self-identity is central to learning.
Children learn best through play and interaction.
Relationships are at the heart of learning.
SMILE will always:

Value carers‘ knowledge and experience of their children and build on this by offering ideas and information.
Work with carers as equal partners through promoting active involvement during sessions.
Value diversity: welcoming people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Create opportunities for parents to share experiences and ideas in a safe and supportive environment.

This is why I think Arcos should be the Malvern Joggers chosen charity 2016

Thanks

Paul Newman