‘We believe that every child deserves to play and we’ll provide them with that opportunity.’
SEND Socials works to provide social opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and fill the gap in the lack of services that are currently available for children with additional needs.
What is SEND Socials?
SEND Socials Birmingham was officially formed into a small community group in early 2019 following the success of their online Facebook group, which highlighted the lack of social opportunities available for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
There are numerous opportunities, clubs and associations available for neurotypical children to keep them entertained throughout the school holidays but there is a huge lack of equivalent opportunities for children with additional needs.
Activities for children with additional needs are not only few and far between, but are typically only available during term times, with a big gap in services during school holidays. Accessing mainstream activities is often not an option either as these places can be too busy, noisy or unfamiliar for children with additional needs. The school holidays can also be a difficult time for parents and carers trying to maintain a routine and keep their children occupied and active.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The funding from LoveBrum would be used to purchase some initial equipment for the group, such as toys (including sensory toys) and games, to run two stay and play sessions per week during the summer holidays, as these are the longest and most stressful for children and families.
The remaining funding would be used to cover the costs of two day trips for the entire group, making it free for service users and ensuring that all activities are as accessible to as many people as possible.
Where can people go to find out more about SEND Socials?
Lisa Wootton, Chairperson
You can find out more about SEND Socials on Facebook.