BID Services is a charity which works to remove barriers and deliver services which enable and empower those who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, sight impaired, deafblind or have other disabilities to live full lives.

So far, BID has reached out to and supported 41 young people through Bring it on Brum! Over 3 days this winter an average of 15 young people each day had access to a wide range of experiences to keep them engaged during the holidays. Not only did the young people get their hands dirty making food from fruit kebabs to pizzas, but they went indoor rock climbing, tried boxercise, swimming and much more!

The young people were supported by an in-house interpreter who was on hand to offer guidance throughout all activities.

A trip to Ladywood Leisure Centre was a particular high-point. “None of them had been swimming there before so it was a real treat.” Richard Clatworthy, BID Group Leader. In a safe space provided by the centre, the young people were able to use the facilities independently, changing on their own and then making their way to the pool where they had a dedicated lane and some games to play together. “To be honest counting them in and out again was my biggest concern given the new surroundings” said Richard “but I needn’t have worried, they stuck together and had a great time.. you should see their feedback they loved it!”

“I did swimming lessons at school but this was with armbands and a teacher so I was not that confident. Going swimming for fun was enjoyable and I feel more confident. I would like to go swimming again.” Amelia, Aged 8

“The winter HAF programme has been a great success, and the young people tell us they want more. We look forward to doing even more in the Spring, Summer and Winter in 2024 and appreciate benefiting from the continued support and training relating to food and nutrition, sport and enrichment activity that enables us to keep building our offer to so many young people and families across the city.” Jorja Le Gallienne BID Projects Manager