Welcome to the latest edition of the Climb Any Mountain newsletter

It's been a while since we've been in touch, so big apologies. We promise not to leave it so long next time!

This past year has been full of challenges, personally for many of our team and organisationally, as we continue to take actions toward raising £1 million to build independent living for people with mental disability - our Transitional Living Centre (TLC) in partnership with the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa.

When it gets difficult, I think of my sister, Cara - who is my inspiration for establishing Climb Any Mountain in the first place. I think of her tenacity and courage, and continual stand for what she wants for her life - to work as an assistant librarian in a school. I also think of the cap on her potential and cap on her dreams and personal aspirations as a result of what we (society) are able to offer and accommodate to facilitate her to be at her best - to contribute in some way through work, to have choice and freedom over her movement and day to day choices.

And there are millions of people similar to Cara in South Africa in a similar situation. At the same time what there also is to acknowledge is that there are many organisations, individuals and professionals taking strides every day to make a difference. The conversation in South Africa is a very different one to the one we were having three years ago.

What we're going to do each month, through this newsletter, until we complete the financing and then the construction of the TLC is to share a personal story as this is what we're all about, and this is what matters to every action we take.

Kim Danks
Founder

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Win an Ion camera in our Christmas raffle

Win an Ion camera worth £300
in our Christmas raffle

A top of the range camera, an exclusive weekend bag and the most fabulous gift box of pampering products to relax you from top to toe, are on offer in the Climb Any Mountain Christmas Raffle. Tickets are just £1.00 each and are available until midnight on Wednesday 18 December 2014. The draw takes place on Thursday 19 December 2014. …

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Mencap and PMB Mental Health Society
on self advocacy

As we publish, Mencap Wales is visiting Pietermaritzburg to run a workshop on self advocacy for the staff, service users and parents of people with mental disability. A big thanks to Wayne Crocker, Operations Director, Sara, Mike and Dot for choosing Climb Any Mountain and the PMB Mental Health Society.

While they are out there Sara and Mike will be meeting with Parliament to share their own stories as people living with intellectual disability and what is available for them in the UK - what is possible as well as what more there is to do before people like Sara and Mike are included in society.

We recognise that in parallel to creating the physical environment that will foster independence, we can create the service structures and build capability within the people delivering services to people with intellectual disability and mental illness. To this end Mencap has been instrumental in moving us forward in this regard by sharing their proven service and quality frameworks with Climb Any Mountain and the PMB Mental Health Society. Best practice places the individual at the centre of service delivery, with the development of personal care plans and risk assessments. Of course, this requires new competencies within staff and it requires sufficient staff! We're looking for ways to support this development of capability and fund additional staff to deliver these services.

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Christmas cards on sale now!

Christmas cards on sale now!

With just 43 days to go to Christmas Day, now's the perfect time to buy Christmas cards. This year, Climb Any Mountain is offering specially designed cards for sale as part of its fundraising activities. The cards are printed on high quality environmentally friendly card and come in two designs. The cost of the cards are £3.80 per pack of 10 …

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Young people with intellectual disabilities impact United Nations

Young people with intellectual disabilities impact United Nations

This article has been reproduced from a press release issued by Inclusion Europe, an association of people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Europe. Started in 1988, the organisation fights for equal rights for people with intellectual disabilities and their families across all walks of life. For us at Climb Any Mountain, it resonates with our fundamental core principles as …

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Dynamic team raises £1300 at Eton Dorney

Dynamic team raises £1300 at the Eton Dorney Triathlon  

  Neil Day On 28 September 2014, we were represented by a small but dynamic force at the Gatorade Eton Dorney Triathlon. Friends of Climb Any Mountain came together to fundraise for the Transitional Living Centre (TLC) - the first of its kind being built in South Africa. For many, it was their first ever triathlon! Sporting bright yellow Climb Any …

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"Lend Your Voice" campaign

The campaign invites everyone to “lend their voice” by visiting the Climb Any Mountain’s website and supporting the statement

“People with learning disability and mental illness have the right to a voice and choice over their lives.”

Please support us by lending your voice now. Thank you!

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