All children need to play and be active. Play is essential to the healthy, physical, social and emotional development of all children, and a fundamental part of childhood. Children with disabilities need to play as much as their non-disabled peers. Indeed the benefits of play and physical activity can be even greater than for other children so it is vital they do not miss out.
Positive experiences of play and physical activity can also enhance children and young people’s mental health by building up their confidence, self esteem and resilience. It is also through play, both in the community and at school, that children develop friendships and a sense of belonging to a peer group. Again, this is particularly important for children with additional needs, as they are frequently marginalised and/or overprotected.
Every Saturday morning throughout the year, the SENsational Saturday Club offers children with disabilities or additional needs time to explore the Adventure Playground with their families.
Our sessions give parents and carers an opportunity to take some time out and chat to other parents while the children are free to explore, socialise and learn through play in a fun but safe environment. Over the years parents and carers have developed an active social group, sharing information and advice or just lending a friendly ear to each other.
Our experienced and dedicated playworkers are on site throughout the sessions to run activities, play games and offer a little respite for those who might need it. We make full use of all of the rope swings, cook together, build dens and get messy with lots of craft and making activities.
These 2 hour sessions are free, but any donations that enable us to continue and improve this much loved and essential service to our local families are always needed and much appreciated. Please see our section on “regular giving” on our About Us page.