A VOLUNTEER group is in the running for an award for helping adults with learning disabilities in South Tyneside to get active.
Kids And Young Adults Klub Special (Kayaks), a support group for youngsters with special needs, has been nominated for the title of community Group of the Year in 2014’s Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
The club, originally created as a support network for pupils of the now-defunct Bamburgh School in South Shields and their parents, is based at the town’s Mortimer Community Association.
It was nominated for the accolade, sponsored by South Tyneside Homes, by Beryl Ord, manager of the Reading Road community centre.
She said: “They welcome all families from South Tyneside and also from outside the borough.
“Their group is open to children, young people and their parents with all manner of disability and special educational needs.”
Kayaks chairman Malcolm Osborne said: “The group was started as a way for parents to come together to get some information, advice, and guidance.
“Initially, we started as the Friends of Bamburgh School, but after the school was reprieved, we decided to carry on under a new name.
“People always hear the name and think the club must be all about kayaking and canoeing and that sort of thing, but it’s a place where friends can get together to take part in fun activities, and the parents can seek advice and anything else they may need.
“We do all sorts of things, like indoor climbing, go-karting, and trampolining.
“We try to go away on one residential trip each year too, and we had our biggest so far this year when we took about 70 people away to the Lake District.”
He added: “I think it’s a great honour that someone has recognised what we do and feels that we’re worthy of an award.
“We definitely do a job worth doing, and it’s nice to know that someone else thinks so too.
“I’m sure all the members would be ecstatic if we won.”
To find out more about the group, go to www.thekayaks.webs.com
Young Performer of the Year (under-21s)
Child of Courage (under-16s)
Community Group of the Year
Judges’ Special Award
Carer of the Year
Greener South Tyneside
Entrepreneur of the Year
Child of Achievement (under-16s)
The deadline for entries, which can be made using the form on this page or online at www.nepress.co.uk/sgjj/pride 2014, is Tuesday, April 29.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.
Young Performer nominees will be invited to take part in a talent showcase at the Customs House on Thursday, May 8, to help the judges make their decision.