Information day for disabled children

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FAMILIES with children with disabilities or additional needs are invited to a free information day at Barnsley Football Club.

The event at Oakwell on Thursday, June 14, is aimed at giving parents the latest information on services in the town available to help their children.

Organised by Barnsley Council’s family information service, in partnership with Barnsley Parents and Carers Forum, there will be more than 40 stalls offering information on national organisations including Barnardo’s and the Family Fund.

Local services, including Greenacre and Springwell schools, will have representatives at the event and there will be parent and carer support groups and information on speech therapy.

During the event, information will also be available on cycling, with specialist cycles on display, including those available for disabled children at the RSPB’s Old Moor nature reserve.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for children, young people and families, said: “This is an opportunity for families and carers of children with additional needs to get up-to-date and comprehensive information about the support and services available to them.

“And the range of professionals normally drawn to this annual event means it is a great opportunity for carers and parents of youngsters with a disability to network and make useful support links.”

Coun Dorothy Higginbottom, new mayor of Barnsley, will attend the information day at 10am to meet parents and carers and to discuss with range of services available for children.

Crèche facilities, refreshments and lunch will be provided.

n For more information about the event, call family information and involvement officer Darren Graham on 0800 034 5340.