Group members and their families can enjoy participating in a very wide and varied programme of activities and services throughout the year, there is something for everyone. The following is a small taster of what is on offer.
The Children´s Club is held every Monday evening, during term time and occasionally at other times. The young children and their brothers and sisters who attend have the opportunity to enjoy taking part in a variety of activities such as producing fascinating creations in arts and crafts, playing games, watching videos, and singing songs. The children also visit other venues, which provide soft play sessions, and the local theatre to watch professional and amateur shows.
Each Christmas and New Year finds the resource centre being used for parties. A storeroom in the resource centre is transformed into Santa´s Grotto, which Santa, bearing gifts, never fails to visit. The New Years Eve Party is also an event not to be missed.
The Discos, usually held at least once a month, are very popular. Our young people aged 13+ put on their dancing gear and strut their stuff to the latest popular music played by our own DJ´s. These are also a good opportunity for the young people to meet on a social level and form friendships over a chat, a buffet and a drink.
Another popular activity mainly held in the resource centre is the Drama group entitled "Constellation" where our young/people aged 13+ work with their tutor and volunteers to learn the skills of mime, singing and dancing to music old and new including music from popular films and Broadway shows. Using the skills acquired, our young people are always well received when they travel throughout the local area to give spectacular performances in a wide variety of venues. This is a good opportunity for all to enjoy wearing magnificent costumes against beautiful backdrops and amid innovative props made by our volunteers. The girls, in particular, enjoy this chance to have their faces made-up. Members of Constellation also enjoy being taken to watch professional and amateur shows at other venues within the area.
In addition to the main group is a spin-off group entitled Drama and Friends Group which caters for our children who are aged 3 upwards.
Members and professionals are welcome to pop into the centre any Tuesday from 10 - 3.00 pm during term time to have a chat or get information.
Curry nights and pie & pea suppers with bingo and other games are among the social events organised so that members and their families can meet each other in an informal social setting.
A wide and varying programme of activities and trips is organised on evenings, weekends and during school holidays. The list is endless and there is something new every year but the following gives readers some idea of the activities our members and their families can enjoy: 10 pin bowling, swimming, horse riding, quad bikes, boat trips; trips to live shows, pop concerts, pantomimes, the cinema, theme parks; short camping holidays and holidays to resorts such as Blackpool.
Mums and Carers need a bit of TLC now and again and these days are just the job to do it. Having one of the therapies, i.e. your nails or hair done or a massage followed by lunch, works wonders to help relieve stress and help participants to feel on top of the world.
These sessions, which take place twice a week from 10 - 12 noon during term time, gives parents/carers the opportunity to access support, information and advice on any issues regarding their own health and well-being and that of their families. While the adults chat over a cuppa their babies or young children have a great time in the specially adapted playroom. Our qualified and experienced creche worker, with the aid of a volunteer, helps the children enjoy the play opportunities available in a safe, stimulating and spacious environment.
Each Thursday from 1pm - 3pm during term time and, occasionally at other times, parents/carers have the opportunity either to relax in the parents room or go out to do "their own thing" while their children enjoy the multi sensory room in the resource centre. This wonderful room is filled with a variety of sensory equipment designed to increase levels of exercise and therapeutic play.
In these regularly held specialised sessions, the youngsters who find it difficult to move on land can benefit from the sheer pleasure of just being able to move freely in the water and enjoy the sensation of muscle relaxation either in the main pool or the hydrotherapy pool.
Staff, parents/carers and volunteers are regularly given the opportunity to attend regularly organised training sessions, training days, conferences, seminars or awareness days on a wide variety of topics either in the resource centre or other venues.
As can be imagined the group heavily relies on its fundraising events, grants and donations in order to provide and maintain all of the above activities and services. The group works hard to raise funds by organising events such as Easter, Summer, Autumn & Christmas Fayres, Tombolas, Raffles and Guess the Teddy´s name. Other money is raised from membership fees and very welcome grants and donations.