I recently had the opportunity to attend a fun day hosted by local group Parenting Additional Needs based 15 minutes up the road in Matlock, Derbyshire.
Parenting Additional Needs Fun Day
Always wanting to help local community (and to spend a day out of the office playing with toys) I leapt at the chance to visit and take some products up for the children to play with and to chat to local parents. It was an absolutely great day and it was fantastic to catch up with some of the founding members to learn about their cause.
Parenting Additional Needs was set up by parents with children with additional needs who found there was a lack of support once a child is diagnosed with a condition.
The official background from founding member Emily Brailsford is:
“We are a parent led group which offers support, information and holiday activities to families of children with additional needs. We have been meeting now for two years, and currently support in the region of 25 families in Derbyshire. We meet on a monthly basis and this year due to increased demand, we are expanding our meetings to include evening meetings and father/grandparent meetings…”.
As you can see from the pictures the kids had a great time as did Dan (no photographic evidence provided!) and we hope that Rompa and Parenting Additional Needs can work closely together moving forward.
For more information about Parenting Additional Needs visit their facebook page: Parenting Additional Needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07980 762 778.
Kingswood Open Day
Helping local communities is important to Rompa – this is why Rompa team members Mike Brooke and Dan Casey attended an open day at the Kingswood Centre in Corby, Northamptonshire this week.
The Kingswood Children’s Centre is vital to the local community as it provides a safe and stimulating space for children and support to parents and families. The Kingswood team is currently putting together a bid to fund a new sensory environment to be put within a space that is really under used at the moment and have asked Rompa to get involved.
Rompa’s in house design team had already produced a 3D room plan and Mike and Dan attended the open day to let the children of the area play with the products. The design was then presented to the Kingswood Team and a question and answer session followed.
“Needless to say the kids loved the equipment, it was great to see so many young children exploring and playing with some benefits becoming immediately clear. It was also great to stand in front of the team who will be using the space and answering questions we would never have thought about!”
“This is such a fantastic centre, we would love to be able to help and provide the equipment. Today has been a success to see the children benefit from our equipment and to get some feedback on our design! We hope we have provided the team with enough information to put in a really solid bid which will get the grant awarded to the centre so we can help the community even more.”