Activity sessions for disabled youngsters in Sheffield

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A series of activity sessions – aimed at young people with disabilities or life-limiting illnesses – will launch in Sheffield next month.

Sessions in music, drama and set design, all on the theme of Treasure Island, will see youngsters get lost in a world of pirate ships, treasure maps and sea creatures - in a bid to build life skills and encourage them to express themselves creatively.

Emily Buttery, activities coordinator for national charity Caudwell Children, which is organising the sessions, said: “Challenging leisure activities can promote independence amongst children living with illness and disability.

“They will work alongside trained staff to create a presentation for parents and carers at the end of the week.

“The programme, as well as inspiring children and helping them to gain new skills and friends, aims to provide parents and carers with vital respite.”

According to Cauldwell, 78 per cent of disabled children have no access to activities outside the home, while 75 per cent of families with disabled children claim to feel isolated.

n For a place on the free sessions, which run from Monday to Thursday, April 14-17, at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, call Emily on 01782 600263.