Free ‘Taster’ Activity Club sessions in Staffordshire
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and young people, has announced that it has a limited number of FREE places available for its March Activity Clubs being held at seven venues across Staffordshire.
Bosses at the charity are urging parents and carers of disabled children in the region to use the facility in order that children meet new people, make friends and have fun.
The activity clubs have been made possible by funding from Aiming High Staffordshire.
The sessions will take place from 1.00pm-4.00pm in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Tamworth on Saturday 21st March, Lichfield on Sunday 22nd March, South Staffordshire and East Staffordshire on Saturday 28th March, and Cannock and the Moorlands on Sunday 29th March, 2020.
The ‘Taster’ sessions are open to disabled children and those with additional needs, along with their siblings, aged 8-18.
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.
“For the first time the activity clubs will also be delivering Life Skills Challenges workshops and we’ll 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 have 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.”
For further information about participating venues, or to book a place, call 01782 433730 or email: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org