Charity announces Open Day date
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is throwing open the doors to its recently opened HQ, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in order to attract new volunteers and inform the public of the services that it provides.
And to celebrate Volunteers Week (1-7 June) the charity has announced that it will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 7th July, 2019, from 11.00am-3.00pm.
Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the state of the art centre, the UK’s first independent purpose built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to ask the Caudwell Children team questions about the charity and see if they can benefit from the services we offer,” said HR Manager Karen Roberts. “Visitors will also get to see how they can make a difference in a volunteering capacity and staff and volunteers will be on hand to chat with.
“You will also be able to question our multi-disciplinary clinical team about our new autism service.”
Lyndsey Joss, aged 36, a regular volunteer for the charity, is encouraging people to attend the Open Day to find out more about the volunteering roles on offer. As she explained: “I’ve been volunteering for over four years now and I understand how valuable my time is to the parents of disabled children as my 16-year-old son, Riley, has autism and epilepsy.
“He was diagnosed when he was four and because of the challenges he and the family have faced I know the difference that charities can make to children’s lives.
“I’ve volunteered on fully assisted holidays, for children with life limiting conditions, and more recently helped to run activity clubs for disabled children, and those with additional needs, and I’ve seen how much participants have benefited from them.”
Lyndsey, from Beaconside in Stafford, was attracted to volunteering for Caudwell Children because of the breadth of their work. She said: “Many charities concentrate on one particular illness, like cancer or heart disease, but Caudwell Children have supported children with over 650 different conditions.
“I’ve really enjoyed being given the level of trust to organise the activity clubs and the children love them as many rarely get the chance to get out of the house, make new friends, and have fun.”
Lyndsey says that she gets a lot of satisfaction from working with fellow volunteers. As she enthused: “I enjoy working with new volunteers, of any age or background, as I can use my experience as the mother of a not only Riley but also my 10-year-old daughter, Anya, to make them feel at ease.”
The former Weston Road High School pupil also regularly pops into the Caudwell Children office to ring parents and inform them of upcoming activity clubs, explain the suitability of the activities on offer, and complete administrative work associated with the clubs.
“The new building is simply amazing,” exclaimed Lyndsey. “People need to know more about it and the services the charity offers.
“When I first saw it I was blown away by the detail. I know only too well how the design of a building can increase sensory stimulus and create an uncomfortable environment for children with autism.
“So the circular route through the centre with no dead ends, the rounded corners on walls, the plain décor which avoids busy colours, makes for a calm and welcoming building for those with the condition.
“I’d advise anyone with an interest in disability, or volunteering, to put the date in the diary and then come down to see what a special building it is, and learn about the vital support Caudwell Children give to disabled children.”
You can find out more about volunteering for Caudwell Children here.