Activity clubs to continue in Staffordshire
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children, has announced that it is to continue running its fortnightly activity clubs at eight venues across Staffordshire.
Bosses at the charity are urging parents and carers of disabled children in the region to use the facility in order to meet new people, make friends and have fun.
The term time only sessions run on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1.00pm-4.00pm, and are held in Stafford, Newcastle, Lichfield, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Leek.
Open to disabled children and those with additional needs, aged 8-18, the first clubs of 2019 will be held on Saturday 26th January, 2019. However, the charity says that children can attend as and when they like.
Julia Lunn, National Family Services Manager for Caudwell Children, says that the clubs give participants the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a variety of activities. As she explained: “A staggering 78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside of their home and they can become extremely isolated.
“The clubs give participants the chance to enjoy a range of activities focusing on the world around us and they include a variety of crafts, games and exercises looking at things such as designing, inventing, science, chemical reactions, technology, codes, music technology, teambuilding, astronomy and architecture.
“We also have regular competitions, which makes for extremely exciting, fun filled sessions.”
Julia says that the activity clubs motivate and engage participants, whilst also instilling positive behaviour and improving health and wellbeing. The clubs has also been designed to build peer network and friendship groups, reduce isolation, and develop communication and social skills.
However, Julia was keen to stress that the activity clubs don’t just benefit the children. As she explained: “Whilst the clubs are inspirational and fun for the children and young people; they also provide parents and carers with vital respite.
“Worryingly 75% of families with disabled children feel so isolated that it has caused anxiety and depression, so the clubs are a great way for parents to get out and meet other adults living with the challenges of disability.”
The activity clubs, funded by Aiming High Staffordshire, are ASDAN accredited as part of their Key Steps Award and participants will have the opportunity to gain an ASDAN short course certificate.
ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body which ensures that accredited programmes grow skills for learning, employment and life.
For further information about participating venues, or to book a place, call Julia Lunn on 01782 433730 or email: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about our Short Break activity days here.