Workshops introduced to help disabled Doncaster youngsters

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Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children, and their families, has announced that it is launching two weekend activity workshops in Doncaster and the surrounding area.

Aimed at any child or young person, aged 8-18, with a disability or life-limiting illness, the launch in Doncaster follows the success of the programme in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham earlier this year.

The separate workshops will run on two consecutive weekends: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November, and Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November from 10am-3pm.

Participants will receive a credit towards the ASDAN Expressive Arts Award.

ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, which ensures that accredited programmes grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

The programme will be delivered by the Pick N Mix Theatre Company at Victoria Hall, 48 High Street, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6RY. During the sessions children will enjoy a Puppetry Master Class and a Chinese Mask Workshop.

The sessions will give children the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends in a safe, and fully supported setting. They will also encourage children and young people to express themselves creatively, building their confidence and self-esteem.

Caroline Evans, Short Break Activities Coordinator for Caudwell Children, said: “Pick N Mix honed their skills at The National Theatre so it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic experience for the children.

They will not only make professional theatrical puppets but will also learn the skills and techniques of puppetry.

“The Mask Workshop will teach participants all about ancient ‘Chinese Mask’ rituals. They will create their own masks and learn how to use them in performance. It’s going to be exciting, fun and educational and will make a perfect weekend for all those involved.”

Challenging leisure activities, claims Caroline, can build life skills and promote independence amongst children, and have a beneficial effect on parents. She said: “The programmes are not only inspirational for those taking part; they also provide parents and carers with vital short break respite.”

A staggering 78% of disabled children have no access to activities outside of their home, whilst 75% of families with disabled children say that they feel so isolated that it has caused anxiety and depression.

The programme is completely free and Caroline believes that it will benefit participants enormously.

As she explained: “Those delivering the programme will act as mentors, helping participants to gain new skills. The experience will help them to address problems in innovative ways and reach their full potential. Importantly, it will also reduce their feelings of isolation whilst increasing their confidence and self-image.”

To find out more, and to book your child onto the programme, telephone Caroline Evans on 01782 600263 or email caroline.evans@caudwellchildren.com

After the initial booking has been placed a member of Caudwell Children’s Family Support team will carry out an Initial Assessment to learn about your child’s needs. Places are limited parents are

being urged to book early to avoid disappointment.