Additional Needs Sports Group was ground to a halt back in March this year when Covid struck.
As the Charity Founder and Director it was incredibly important to me to remain in contact with the Families that we would see and support each week.
As I have a background in SEND, I understand the challenges that lockdown will have had on our families, and that lack of exercise or sensory equipment can cause all children to become dysregulated; particularly those with Additional Needs.
It was my vision to create bespoke care packages to send to the children who would usually benefit from exercise and sensory play at our group.
I approached Honiton Health Matters, who kindly agreed to fund the equipment needed and I set at making lists for each child, based on their individual needs.
We ordered all of the sports equipment from Honiton Sports shop, who have always been incredibly supportive of our group. I made and delivered all of the the packages within a couple of weeks.
In total we helped over 40 families.
I was surprised to learn the scope of our attendees. We have families who travel from Ottery, Exeter, Seaton, Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford, Colyton and all around Honiton, which reaffirmed for me just how valuable our Additional Needs Sports and Social group is.
Amongst the care packages, I also put a little pack inside for the parents, with some scents, teabags and chocolate (kindly donated by Duncan at Tesco) and information for the Additional Needs Parents group which I run on Facebook, and Parent+ support hub who offer care and support to parents who care for children with mental health issues or additional needs.
Supporting families is incredibly important to us, and at the heart of what we do, so I was very grateful at obtaining funding for the packages, and I think each family truly benefited from them.