An Evening with Jonathan Dobson

On January 17th 2002 in Woking, Jonathan Dobson, Leisure Development Co-Ordinator for Disability Challengers, spoke for around half an hour and then proceeded to take questions from te audience. A review of his talk is included here. His presentation was also recorded and is now available to listen to in RealAudio format. In order to listen to the talk, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer. You can follow the instructions on the BBC Radio 4 website on how to download the free version of the player from RealNetworks. The recording is broken down into 5 sections. Each section covers a topic or a question. Just click on the title or topic that interests you to start listening.

Read the review of the evening

Jonathan explained that Challengers has a play centre in Guildford, but also works across West Surrey to develop leisure opportunities for young people with disabilities.

Challengers employs young enthusiastic staff to support the children while they play. They get detailed information from the families about each child and get to know their individual likes and dislikes. Challengers does not provide therapy, but arts, sports and play - the sort of leisure activities that all young people enjoy in their spare time.

In addition to the play centre in Guildford, the leisure development team are developing other projects in Surrey Heath, Epsom & Ewell and Waverley boroughs. They run a sports club at Surrey University on Saturdays with climbing and trampolining among the activities available, and also ran an activity weekend last summer with sailing, canoeing, mountain biking etc. The Guildford play centre has a waiting list but places are available on other projects.

Challengers works with other organisations where they exist, such as Link Leisure in Woking which has a variety of activities for children and adults with learning disabilities. They also work with mainstream settings to include young people with disabilities.

The Leisure Development team have half-term and Easter activities planned for all ages around West Surrey. For details about them or anything else Challengers does, ring 01483-579390.

Listen to RealAudio recording

real audio Introduction; What is Disability Challengers?; Who is it for?; What do we do?; What kind of people work for Disability Challengers?. Length 5 minutes 16 seconds.

real audio The difference between play & leisure and therapy; high expectations; role models; 'a safe and friendly place'; going beyond the label; . Length 6 minutes 27 seconds.

real audio The Play Centre and the Leisure Development Project; The leisure Development Officers; Sports Club Guildord; Challengers Playschemes; . Length 4 minutes 1 second.

real audio Activity Weekends; Aerobics, Drumming, and Arts; More Sports Clubs. Length: 4 minutes 32 seconds.

real audio Campaigning, Lobbying and Funding Length: 2 minutes 3 seconds.

Review is 2002 Sara Truman. Our thanks to Jonathan Dobson for giving permission for the recordings to be made available

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