What we do
We organise and get involved in many different fundraising events to raise much needed funds to support children with disabilities.
We organise our own entertaining and interactive fundraising events and try to involve the local community in these where possible. We also try and run fun events that the children we support can get involved in. The events we organise include festivals, sporting events, dinner and balls and we take our soft play and sensory equipment to other events, where we run fun and engaging session for children.
We have other groups and organisations who kindly run fundraising events for our charity. We always support these events and provide the groups with any literature they need, as well as our Little Rascals Foundation t-shirts. If you would like to organise a fundraising event for our charity, please contact us and we will support you in doing this.
We run Kids + sessions from Little Rascals play centre twice a week. These are exclusive play sessions for children with disabilities and their families.
We currently run these on a Saturday morning at 9am until 10am and on a Wednesday evening at 6.15pm until 7.30pm. These sessions are great for children with disabilities as they can enjoy the facilities that the play centre has to offer, in a safe environment, without the large crowds and noises that can cause some children with disabilities anxiety. These sessions also give the family members a chance to socialise with each other, whilst watching their children have fun.
As a charity, we would eventually like to expand these sessions and have plans to open a play centre exclusively for children with disabilities, so they could enjoy the facilities on a more regular basis.
This is a service where we take transportable sensory and soft play equipment out into the community and run fun and engaging activities for children with disabilities.
We carry out these sessions for other organisations who support children with disabilities, by running group activities. We also take these sessions to children’s homes and run 1-1 activities with the children and their families. This is a great service for children who are unable to access the Little Rascals Play Centre, as we can bring the soft play and sensory experience to them.
If you are a parent, carer or organisation that support children with disabilities and you think you may benefit from such a service, contact us and we can discuss your needs further.
We are in the process of setting up another service, which will be an after school and holiday course for children with disabilities.
These courses will be interactive and engaging for the children and will support them to be active, whilst doing things that they enjoy. We will have clear plans in place to ensure that these courses are person centred to each child’s needs. Several different activities will be run during the clubs to keep the children active and entertained. These activities will include sensory play sessions, soft play obstacle courses, Lego building, planned and interactive arts and crafts sessions and sports and games activities. These courses will be run by trained staff who have experience in planning and running sessions as well as experience in working with people with disabilities.
We are currently in the process of setting up this service and hope to have it up and running by summer 2017. If you are interested in accessing these courses, please contact us for further details.
This is a service user group that we are running for families of children with disabilities to find out more about their wants and needs.
We hold regular meetings at Little Rascals Play Centre that families and friends, of children with disabilities, can attend. These meetings are held to give the families and friends an opportunity to discuss concerns or issues they are having with supporting their child, to share good news stories regarding their children’s development or to talk about any services that they have accessed that have helped in supporting them with the child’s needs. We also have guest speakers attend these meetings. These people will speak about methods and strategies that could help others or they will tell an inspiring story that demonstrates anything is possible despite their disability.
If you would be interested in attending our family service user group, please contact us for further details of upcoming meetings.