Grant funding story #2: Starling sensory walks

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Walking Grant funding: Covid 19 success stories
#2 Starling sensory walks

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at how voluntary and community organisations helped with funding from GM Walking Grants, have adapted to help their community during Covid 19.

Starling had been successful in applying for a grant from GM Walking Grants scheme to run some group walks. However, unable to bring people together during lockdown, they have adapted their plans to develop a sensory booklet.

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The Sensory Walks booklet hopes to encourage people to walk as staying at home can be an assault on the senses. Walking can be a calming experience for neurodivergent young people.
The pack has been posted out to families and focuses on 1 sense at a time.

It has been designed by Cara Looij (instagram @drawn_by_cara)

Starling Youth - Sensory walks booklet

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Established in 2018, Starling Youth support young people aged 13-25 using creativity and the arts to amplify the lived experience of neurodivergent young people (ACEs/Autism/ADHD/LD/Trauma.)

Starling use the arts and creativity as a tool to work together with neurodivergent young people to:
  • Provide platforms for neurodivergent young people to share experiences of neurodivergence.
  • Create networks of neurodivergent young people to share stories and collaborate.
  • Support young people to explore and own their neurodivergence.
  • Increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of neurodivegent lived experience.
Here is a link to one of their videos: YouTube

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