SENSORY sessions and racket ball training, held by special needs support group Wigwam, have benefitted from new equipment thanks to funding received at last year’s Barclays Champion Charities Awards.
The charity received £800 towards the cost of running the popular ‘Communication Through Movement’ sensory sessions and new racket ball rackets which are used by the children who attend the training sessions.
The volunteer-run ‘Communication Through Movement’ sessions, which are held approximately once a month, are a great interactive opportunity for a small group of children and parents to connect and communicate through moving to music using ribbons, scarves, a large ‘elastic band’ and a silk parachute.
The racket ball sessions are available to children aged 8-13 years and are held three times a week at Beau Sejour. The sessions offer the children the opportunity to socialise with others as well as to learn a new sport and improve movement and co-ordination. The group often organises competitions and tournaments for the children to take part in.
Wigwam Chairperson, Nikkie Kerr, said: “The funding we received from the Barclays Champion Charities awards has helped us to supply new equipment for both our Communication Through Movement sensory sessions and our racket ball sessions which is fantastic.
“These sessions are an important part of Wigwam’s services as they help to improve both the children’s and parents’ confidence and communication as well as being a lot of fun to take part in.”
Wigwam aims to provide support from parents to other parents, families and friends who have, or are involved with children with special needs. The group organises social events for the children and their families and offers friendship and support.
Barclays Director Ken Bradley, said: “Wigwam does so much positive work for the community and it is heart-warming to see all the hard work of the charity benefitting the children and their families and we’re pleased to be a part of it”.
Wigwam was one of 15 charities that received a donation from Barclays through the Barclays Champion Charities Awards 2012.