As always the Christmas holidays were a very special time at the centre with lots of excitement and fun. The two weeks involved a variety of festive crafts, sensory activities and playing with friends. The care team always take special consideration arranging sessions to ensure activities are personalised to the individual children. In addition to this, they also group together children of similar ages and interests to help them build fulfilling and meaningful bonds with each other.
We didn’t let the cold weather stop us and went on lots of fantastic trips out into the community. The children enjoyed a trip to the bowling alley, going to the cinema to watch Matilda, walks in the local community, a sensory trail at Sheffield Park and a very important shopping trip to get cake for snack time! These excursions help build the young people’s confidence while making lots of fun memories with new and old friends. New experiences are also essential in promoting development however can be challenging for SEN children. Going out with experienced support workers can put children at ease so they can access more of their local area.
The sense of community extends to the parents and guardians with many of them taking the opportunity to head out together for a coffee and last minute present shopping. We are very proud of the community that the Trust has built over the years helping to combat the isolation parents can feel while raising a disabled child.
We look forward to welcoming the children back in February half-term!