- History ☰
Alan and Violet Taylor have been members of WCT&B Club for about 40 years, and been active league and social players during that time. They first became involved with High Flyers when it started 9 years ago. It was started by a parent of a special needs young adult who at the age of 18 had finished any education available to her. This was going to mean isolation and loneliness.
High Flyers started with just two members in a church hall. Vi was a regular volunteer when it started and has continued with Alan to volunteer and support whenever possible. High Flyers is a self funding and non-profit making charity and now has a permanent home at Pegasus House, Eldergrove, Wombourne. It is open Monday – Friday and there are currently 50 members who have special needs.
Members would all like to come every day but unfortunately it's not possible so time is shared with there being, on average, about 30 members attending daily. Members are young people with all sorts of disabilities including but not limited to Autism, Asperges and Down Syndrome. Ages range from 20-45 years. High Flyers caters for everyone's individual needs, sometimes that means 2 to 1 care.
The days are structured, very often led by the members themselves. A monthly plan is in place for High Flyers members to learn and gain experiences relating to their abilities. Alan and Vi have taken High Flyers during the summer months for tennis for the last nine years. There are about 20 members on the courts. In 2018 the sessions will take place on a Wednesday afternoon, starting the middle of May (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm). There are a variety of ball games and keep fit exercises on the courts, finishing with 1/2 hr of tennis.
Everyone has a racket, and although only a few can have a rally they can now all make contact with the ball when hand fed. The courts also allow for wheelchair access to members with wheelchairs are able to partake in the activities too. This is a wonderful facility which the tennis section continues to make available to High Flyers.
The charity really do appreciate it as it provides the young people with activity, exercises, fresh air and co-ordination skills. All staff at High Flyers are qualified but the charity couldn’t run without volunteers. No experience is needed as training is given. If anyone would like to be a volunteer or spend a day at High Flyers before they volunteer, they would be very welcome.
Further information is available from the High Flyers website or from Sheila Baker (07753 582781).