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. These are exclusive play sessions for children with disabilities and their families.
We currently run these on a Monday afternoon 3.30pm-6pm, Wednesday 9.30am-7pm and on a Sunday 9.30am-11.45am. 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. Siblings are always welcome at our Kids + sessions, we also welcome all ages and abilities. We do not ask for proof of diagnosis and are also able to offer parties tailored to SEND users during this time.
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.
Little Rascals Foundation work with Severndale Specialist School to offer an afterschool club for children with SEND who attend the school.
These afterschool clubs are interactive and engaging for the children and support them to be active, whilst doing the things that they enjoy. We ensure these courses are person centres to each child’s needs and offer high staffing levels to ensure all the children are fully supported.
We meet the children at Severndale School, where we access the sports hall and deliver sports and games to the children. After the sports session is complete, we walk the children to Little Rascals play centre where they have a light dinner and then enjoy playing in the Little Rascals soft play structure and sensory room, before parents pick them up at 6pm.
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.
Little Rascals offer a holiday club for children with disabilities in the school holidays.
Our Kids + club is currently held one day a week in the school holidays and offers person centred and specific support to children with disabilities, keeping them engaged and active during the holidays, whilst offering some respite to the families. We engage the children in several different activities and life skills including arts and crafts, baking, growing and planting, soft play fun, sensory play and sports and games. We offer high staffing numbers to ensure the safety of children and all staff are trained, experienced and DBS checked.
We have found there is a great need for such a service in the Shropshire area and we are now looking to seek further funding to be able to continue this service and look at offering furthers days in the school holidays.
Little Rascals Foundation run a multi-sports club exclusively for children with SEND and their siblings.
These sessions are led by qualified coaches and are planned and adapted to meet the children’s needs. These sessions can be adapted to meet a wide range of children’s requirements for children from 5 years up to 18 years. We focus on a different sport each half term so that the children get to try out several different sports, homing their skills in many different areas. These sessions help to keep children active outside of school, promoting a healthy lifestyle and plenty of exercise.
For more details of when this club runs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Rascals Foundation run a mentoring programme for young people with disabilities, as well as taking young people out into the community to access activities that they enjoy.
Our qualified mentor and coach, Chris Bebb, who has a disability himself, offers an extensive and goal orientated mentoring programme to young people with disabilities. Chris will spend 1:1 time with young people into realising that they can achieve their goals. He leads a small team of support workers who can take young people out into the community on a regular basis to access activities and facilities they enjoy. This helps to promote independence, keeps the young people active and offers the family some respite.