HUNDREDS of people gathered to attend the career and advice event for young people with disabilities at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.
The Your Future Your Choice aimed at 14-25 year olds witnessed a record number of young people and families taking part in various activities aimed at their future.
It’s now six years since Wirral Council, NHS Wirral and young people’s support agency Connexions launched ‘Your Future Your Choice’. The programme first started out as low key event in Bromborough and now attracts more than 800 people from both special and mainstream schools who use the event to shape their future lives.
Team Manager for Transition Services at Wirral Council, Peter Burgess, said: “Every year it seems to get bigger and better. It’s a whole combination of things for young people and their families to start the planning process.”
The careers day is funded by Wirral Council and NHS Wirral and looks at gaining young people a smooth transition into adult life.
Mayor of Wirral, Councillor David Mitchell, attended last year as Deputy Mayor and was delighted at how the event has grown within a year.
He said: “I was really impressed last year but this year it’s even better.
“I think events like this give disabled people the opportunity just to be the same as everybody else.”
Several local organisations came together to give advice and support. Eastham Day Centre and Heswall Centre were on hand to show various sporting and craft activities available. The café Best Bites, who employ people with disabilities, also demonstrated their cooking skills that can be developed.
Mayor David Mitchell presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Robert Meadows, a final year pupil at Meadowside Special School.
Tim Gleave, a social worker from transition services, wanted to give the award to applaud Robert’s hard work at losing weight.
The 18 year old was told he wouldn’t live past 20 if he didn’t lose weight. In the past year he has lost 16 and a half stone.
Children complex care specialist nurse Amanda Eccleston, at Wirral NHS ommissioning Support Unit, said: “Today is really important because transition is such a big time for a young person and their family.”
The event is set to return again next year .