We have started to run a range of inclusive events such as craft afternoons, all ability discos, soft play, wheelplay and family fun days.
Being the parent/ carer of a disabled child can be a very lonely and isolating experience. Parents increasingly lose confidence to integrate into mainline activities due to the feeling of being different.
There is a lack of provision in the wider community for fun and sporting opportunities for disabled children. This is why Community is very important to The Dorset children’s Foundation. As well as funding equipment and medical expenses we want to help our families overcome isolation, increase their self-esteem and play a larger part in the society around them, be that with siblings or peers.
We want to provide the opportunity to get together in a safe and inclusive environment where our children can just be kids without judgement or disapproval. Siblings and parents are encouraged to get involved so the whole family can get out and enjoy being amongst friends.
We have started to run a range of inclusive events such as family fun days, crafts afternoons, all ability discos, soft play, sensory sessions, music therapy, swimming, football, cricket and yoga to name but a few.
Accessible for all Launch
Thanks to the generosity of Santandere, Winton, we were able have a lovely party to launch our Accessible For All Campaign.
The children enjoyed fabulous entertainment from Squidge and Pop and had cuddles with therapy pony Rainbow. This was featured on Meridian News.
Christmas Photo Shoot
Many of our families find it both difficult and stressful to access a professional photo shoot so Jayne Carr, manager of our Boscombe shop transformed the window into a magical winter wonderland. Local photographer Paul Thompson of Oak photography took amazing photos and Reward IT funded gifts, drink and festive food. Our families had a lovely relaxed afternoon and were able to have their own professional photos.
We were featured in The Echo. https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17317806.dorset-childrens-foundation-shop-creates-magical-window-display/
Craft Day With AFCB
We held our first craft event with, thanks to Trustee Alex Deutch, special, surprise guests Steve Cook, Steve Fletcher and Lewis Cook from AFCB who all mucked in helping our children create some fabulous art.
Our Ambassador, Professional boxer Chris Billam – Smith also came to lend a hand and was a massive hit with parents and children alike. We all had a really enjoyable afternoon, children made friends and parents were able to have a catch up over coffee. We will be most definitely be holding these events on a regular basis.
How you can Help
We are looking for local companies to help fund these events and provide opportunities for disabled children that they currently may not have access too.
A 2 hour interactive bubble session £150.00.
Monthly exclusive soft play sessions including siblings £150 per session.
Music and dance £50.00 per session.
A swimming session for ten children only costs £75.00 complete with life guard.
As always, 100% of every donation will go directly to supporting an event. We are even happy to brand the event with your company logo and invite you to come and see the happiness your donation has made . If you would like to become involved in making life a bit better for our children please contact Patsy Hallmey | Patsy@thedcf.org.
The Dorset Children’s Foundation Amazing Families - Facebook page
This is a private Facebook group offering social and emotional support where families can communicate with each other, share experiences (both good and bad) and offer support to each other.
Through this group parents meet up for coffee, drinks, meals out etc and friendships are formed.
We also signpost new families to this group where they can introduce themselves and get valuable advice and support for the journey ahead.
Lisa Johnston | Lisajohnston05@hotmail.co.uk
The DCF’S Accessible For All.
This group has been set up as a platform of opportunities for our little people to access a multitude of activities within our community.
Over the coming months we will be adding various sports opportunities for all to take part in.
This is a very exciting time for the DCF, we hope to provide our little people with as many wonderful memories, activities and opportunities to take part in every day sports!
Patsy Hallmey | Patsy@thedcf.org
Amanda Sheppard | Amanda@thedcf.org
Lisa Johnston | Lisajohnston05@hotmail.co.uk
Let’s Play (A DCF Group)
This was started by mum of Jenson, Emily Sutton and is aimed at getting some opportunities at local Dorset venues for our children to come together to play in an inclusive environment and parents can relax among friends.
This group has enjoyed a number of sessions such as soft play, wheelchair viewing for the Air Show, Ramp Rats and the types and activities on offer are growing.
Emily Sutton | Emily@suttonaccountancy.co.uk
Doors Open - The Sen Support Community.
This was founded and is run by Robyn Turton, mum of a SEN child who understands what a lonely and isolating journey this can be.
This parent support group offers advice, guidance, regular family events and meet ups.
This wonderful group has grown from 8 to over 100 families. The Dorset Children’s Foundation is very happy to offer financial support to ensure that their invaluable work continues.
Robyn Turton | 07391 933986
We are delighted to support ‘Something Special’ a stay and play group for pre school children aged 0-6 with additional needs. This runs every Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-3pm.
The group was started by Chantelle Lyons and Kelly Bridger who have children with additional needs. They found there were no local groups available for support for pre school children so after some help from portage and other local mums they have managed to create their own group.
The children can play inside and outside and parents/carers can chat and share advice & experiences, and gain support with a nice cup of tea/coffee.
We will be funding special events & activities, extra weekly sessions, and helping to purchase sensory toys and equipment.
"We hope to open a door of inclusion and accessibility and create a multi fold of opportunities for all."
Lisa Johnston | Patron and Mum of Kitty.