The Great Taunton Challenge
Last Monday (13 March) the Great Taunton Challenge took place. Prospects the education, employment, skills and care company entered two teams consisting of two customers and four advisers into the challenge, securing second and third place. The event was organised by Taunton JobCentre Plus as part of the new Disability Confident Initiative. This initiative encourages individuals with a disability to apply for job vacancies. Employers get involved and sign up to operate an equality programme encouraging those with disabilities to apply. Prospects, is a Disability Confident employer and Leader in Diversity, committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and eliminating discrimination. Prospects won the UK large business of the year 2017 at the National Centre For Diversity Grand Awards.
The event helps participants combine problem solving, teamwork, treasure hunting, researching and organisation skills, with physical and mental abilities. As well as a great day out the event was an opportunity to network with other teams and learn more about people with disabilities and the challenges they face.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Jo Frith, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) opened the event with her story and how she overcame her challenges along her journey. MS affects around 85,000 people in the UK.
The teams competed in a variety of different tasks putting their skills to the test. One activity they took part in was at Taunton Open Door, Taunton Open Door help those without homes. The teams tried different foods whilst blindfolded and had to work out what they were. They listened to 10 different songs and guessed the titles of them, then took a photo of a word from the song. Another task they had to do was play the bongo drums outside. To do the tasks they had to receive a clue from the cricket club, the tasks were points based, the team with the most points won.
One Prospects customer who attended the day said: “I can’t remember when I last had such a brilliant day.”
Taunton Deane’s Mayor, Vivienne Stock-Williams attended the event and spoke to both the teams about the day, the Mayor said: “The buzz in the air as the teams prepared in the beautiful Mecca bingo hall for this original and challenging treasure hunt was electric. Well done to Prospects customers and advisers for their seamless and determined efforts, which resulted both in well-earned success and an unforgettable experience.”