Healthcare Christmas Jumper day 15th December

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 09:52 by nigel.groves

SKY club (Special Kids Youth Club) is a not for profit organisation run by family and friends for children and young adults with additional needs.We run the last Saturday of every month at the LOCO centre on Victoria road in Netherfield from 10am to 11.30am and have a range of activities on offer including pool table, table tennis, IT Suite, Wii games, sports activities, blackout tent, arts and crafts, Tuck shop and occasional day trips when funding allows.We cater for anyone aged 8 to 25 years of age with any diagnosis (we have some that children without a diagnosis too) and siblings are welcome too.SKY club provides an opportunity for children to feel safe and relaxed in an environment with no pressure or expectations and to be around others who are like them or understand their needs and difficulties.Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy a coffee and talk to other parents who may be experiencing similar things to them or just socialise and relax knowing their children are busy and happy or they may choose to leave their children safe at the club enjoy some free time away.Over the last 12 months some of our children have turned 15 and have felt that they are ‘too old’ to attend youth club (though they still want to come). We have used this as an opportunity to create new volunteering roles and these children now volunteer for SKY Club whilst attached to a mentor, planning and running activities at the club for others. This gives them a sense of responsibility and a chance to test out and practise assertiveness skills and leadership qualities in a safe, no-judgemental place.When funds allow we try and arrange activities between club sessions such as swimming, day trips to wheelgate or twin lakes, hiring a screen at the cinema.We also try to contribute to the upkeep and development of the LOCO youth centre to ensure its continued availability and use when we have the opportunity.We are totally dependent on any donations we receive and any monies we make go straight back into the youth club and LOCO centre.We would gratefully appreciate any help you may be able to offer to us.Yours Sincerely   Julie RastallOn behalf of SKY Club.