Brighter Opportunities for Special People (BOSP) is a small charity based in South Essex that provides support to children and young people with complex disabilities or life-limiting conditions.
The charity provides a range of activities for children and young people with disabilities from the ages of 4-25 at various stages of their development to reduce isolation, develop independence, self-esteem and social skills, whilst relieving family pressures by providing essential respite.
These sessions are dedicated for children and young people who have profound physical disabilities, require specialist feeding, have complex health needs or challenging behaviours.
The charity helps children like Adam who has been attending BOSP since the age of 5 – he is now 21 years old.
Adam’s mum, Tracey, told us:
“We are so glad as a family to have found BOSP early on in Adam’s life, attending BOSP sessions have not only benefited Adam, but the whole family. When Adam was younger it gave me the chance to spend time with his sisters doing things that were not always possible with Adam.
Adam has grown up with BOSP. The ‘Let’s Connect’ sessions means Adam can experience activities like other young people would, but in a safe environment and with people of a similar age to him rather than with adults all the time.
Attending ‘Let’s Connect’ sessions has grown Adam’s confidence, he will try new activities, choose his own meals and drinks. Having been with BOSP for many years he has got to know lots of the young people who attend the sessions and he sees them as his friends and will ask me if I know who is attending a session. This is very important to Adam to be able to have independence and not have to be with his parents all the time.”
Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to support the charity’s ‘Skills for Life’ activities project and a new mentoring programme, that will help young people with disabilities from the ages of 15-25 to move into further education and independent living.
The project is designed to gradually integrate young people with disabilities out into the wider community by providing life skills training, including communication and employability skills, money handling and nutritional guidance to support their independence.