DASH is a local group created by parents for parents in Ceredigion supporting families of disabled children. Together, we aim to improve the quality of life for all involved giving a sense of fulfilment and enjoyment.
Our Aims: what difference do we want to make at DASH Ceredigion?
Our aims are to provide support for all the family as well as fostering mutual co-operation and friendship.
To involve young disabled people and their siblings in constructive alternatives to staying at home.
To assist young disabled people to access the local community and use community facilities.
To enable young disabled people to improve their confidence and help them practice their social skills.
To provide short breaks for the family, parents and carers during the children’s holidays and leisure time.
To harness and direct the enthusiasm and energy of local volunteers who assist with the schemes.
Our aims are to offer age and ability appropriate leisure schemes for disabled children and young people.
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HASH started as a toy library, in 1979. A letter was sent out to parents of children registered with the Family Support Team (Local Authority Social Services) effectively the first newsletter. HASH was operated by parents and professionals on a voluntary basis, open after school.
The playschemes started, with one scheme in Aberystwyth during the Easter and summer holidays. A part-time co-ordinator became the first member of staff, on a 4-month contract. BBC Children in Need was the only source of funding at this point and the schemes were staffed by volunteers.
Regular parent meetings were taking place, focusing on particular issues. Before the internet became available as a source of information, there was a very real need for any information that could support them to help their disabled children.
4 schemes operating for all ages and including disabled children and children with “social needs”. These included Lampeter, Aberystwyth and Aberaeron.
CHIPS project started for siblings.
After schools clubs ran in Newcastle Emlyn and Aberystwyth.
The playschemes separated at age 11 and the Teen Scheme started.
Un-ac-un Project started, linking disabled 16-25 year olds with volunteer support to access leisure facilities.
HASH became DASH.
DASH Away Weekends started with a £300 grant from Mencap.
The schemes alter focus to cater exclusively for disabled children and their siblings.
The Teen Scheme altered focus, it was no longer venue based
Cymorth Funding started – Playschemes and CHIPS
DASH took on Frendzabout, a mobile specialist youth club promoting independence and reducing isolation
Ymuno project transferred to DASH
The Big Lottery funded UNO project for young people aged 14 to 25 in transition at a specially adapted bungalow near Aberystwyth.
Charity Registration and Annual Reports
DASH Ceredigion is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Registration Number is 1163672.
All our annual Managers and Financial reports can be found on the charity commission website