78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside of their home.
In the UK, there are 770,000 disabled children under the age of 16. That equates to 1 child in 20. A staggering 78% of disabled children in the UK have no access to activities outside of their home – an issue Caudwell Children’s charity is addressing with their programmes.
Magical Mayhem activity days
One of the programmes the charity is running is their Magical Mayhem activity days. Professional performers will teach magic and circus skills to young disabled people aged 8 – 18 years.
Keller McHenry, Short Break Activities Coordinator for Caudwell Children, says that whilst the Magical Mayhem activity days are sure to be fun packed days there is a very serious side to the programme. As he explained: “Magic never fails to capture the imagination and I’m sure participants will be spellbound by what they see.
“However, the programme has also been designed to include social interaction in a fully supported, secure environment. The Caudwell Children team will encourage young people to fully immerse themselves in the activities and make new friends.“
The four Magical Mayhem days will take place across Staffordshire on the following dates:
• Wednesday 8th April, at St Pauls Church, Novi lane, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6NR
• Thursday 9th April, at Wombourne Staffordshire Library, WV5 9EZ
• Tuesday 14th April, 2015, at Tamworth DAC Activity Centre, Deltic Road, Glascote, Tamworth, B77 2HJ
• Wednesday 15th April, 2015, at Cheslyn Hay Village Hall, Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7HP
The Caudwell Children activity days are ASDAN accredited as part of their Key Steps Award.
Keller said: “Our activity days give participants invaluable skills whilst at the same time building their confidence and self-esteem. During the day children will work as a team to prepare for a performance in front of their parents and carers. The day will also enable families to form lasting social networks.”
Keller says that the activity days have always been popular with young people and he’s encouraging parents to get in touch as soon as possible: “There are limited places on the programme and we take bookings on a first come first serve basis. The programme is completely FREE, making it accessible to more families.”
To find out more, and to book your child onto the programme, telephone Keller on 01782 600844 or email Keller here.