20th Anniversary Open Day will showcase services
One of the UK’s leading children’s charities is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by holding an Open Day to showcase its services, including a new autism programme that bosses say will transform the way thousands of children in Staffordshire can be supported.
Caudwell Children, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, will hold the Open Day at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, on Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park.
The £18 million Centre, set within the grounds of Keele University, is the UK’s first purpose built facility dedicated to providing assessment, support and research into neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
The Open Day will take place on Sunday 29th March, 2020, from 11.00am-3.00pm.
The event will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
“It’s going to be a fantastic day and the birthday party themed celebrations will be in full flow,” explained Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “There’s going to be cakes, juice, refreshments, balloons on sticks, a fantastic birthday cake and the obligatory party bags to take away and enjoy, plus loads of activities and party games all around the building.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the local community from around Keele and Newcastle but we’d also love to see those that we’ve supported in the past, together with parents who may be looking to find out more about our services and how we could support their children.”
As well as delivering its new autism service from the building the charity will continue to provide fundraising support for a range of treatments and therapies, as well as specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, pushchairs, tricycles, car seats and sports equipment.
Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the building and will get the opportunity to meet Caudwell Children’s multidisciplinary clinical team, who manage the new autism service.
Children will also be able to take part in a range of craft activities including biscuit decorating, face and rock painting and balloon modelling, along with rhythm activities in the centre’s music room.
Throughout the afternoon there will be regular displays of wheelchair football by St George’s Knights Powerchair Football Club, one of the leading clubs in the country.
During the demonstrations visitors will be able to try their hand at operating one of the specialist sports wheelchairs.
Guests will also have access to Caudwell Children’s award winning sensory garden where they will be able to enjoy playing on the accessible trampoline and swing.
A number of suppliers will also be on hand to demonstrate a range of state of the art powerchairs whilst Caudwell Children’s Events team will be available to discuss how to fundraise for the charity through a number of exciting #Team20 events and challenges.
“Children and parents will also be able to play musical instruments in our music suite,” continued Trudi. “There’s also going to be colouring competitions, a 20th anniversary quiz and our Activity Days team will be on hand to explain to parents where and when we run our fun packed activity workshops.
“It’s going to be a great day so I’d urge anyone to come in and find out about what we do and where we do it!”
For more information about Caudwell Children services visit the web page here.