Charity launches youth club for disabled children and their siblings in March
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A local disability charity is piloting a youth club in March for young disabled people and their brothers and sisters.
Papworth Trust, in partnership with Living Sport and 20Twenty Productions, has set up the project following feedback from local families.
The Trust already runs a weekly Fun United youth club for disabled young people aged 11 and over in March.
It decided to run the pilot following feedback from local families and the Carers Trust who said they wanted a youth club where disabled children could go to with their brothers and sisters, rather than on their own.
The new club, which runs on Saturday mornings until June 28, offers lots of exciting activities for siblings to enjoy together, including drama, sports and music. It takes place at March Town Hall from 9.30am to 12.30.
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The pilot project has been funded by a donation of more than £2,000 from the East Anglian Society of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (EASCA) who raised the cash by holding a fund raising dinner for companies across the Eastern region.
“We are really pleased to announce the opportunity for disabled children and their siblings to have a Saturday morning activity club together,” said Papworth Trust’s Transitions Business Manager Linda Roberts.
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“We have been told by young people that they don’t want to be separated from their disabled siblings when it comes to having fun! This unique club means that disabled children and their siblings have time together to just be kids. And their parents tell us that they appreciate having a short break from caring, just to be able to do the normal things in life such as go food shopping.
“Thank you to EASCA for their amazing generosity and raising the funds to allow us to set up this pilot. We’d love to secure some long term funding so that we could offer this club on a regular basis.”
To find out more about the pilot club, or the Trust’s regular March youth club for young disabled people, please call 0800 952 5000 or go to www.papworthtrust.org.uk