Play Clubs for all the family

Having worked at the Rainbow Centre for over three years, I have discovered how hard it can be for families to arrange days out that cater for, not only the child with a disability but also the other siblings, especially during school holidays when places to take children tend to be busier. 

When I started, we didn’t provide any clubs over the school holiday periods and I quickly began to realise that these are the key times that families need additional support. 

In April 2023 we introduced Conductive holiday clubs to the Rainbow Centre. These were a great support for families to allow parents to spend some quality time with other children and provide crucial respite, but still there was something missing for the whole family. 

In July 2023 I decided to trial ‘stay and play’ sessions for the family and ‘sensory stay and play’ sessions. During these sessions, the whole family were invited to listen to a story, sing songs, try different activities, and enjoying alternative experiences as a whole family with siblings playing alongside each other.  

As the Rainbow Centre has lots of different equipment, I was able to adapt activities so that they were suitable for different ages and abilities. These sessions enabled Rainbow families to have the chance to talk to each other about their experiences and offer advice, helping them to realise they are not alone. The feedback from these sessions was great and seeing all the families enjoy various activities together was amazing to see. 

A lovely session with plenty of time to let the children explore at their own pace. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and was able to chat to other mums. It was really great to watch Julia and other children get messy in the sensory play. A good way to start the summer holidays!”

Rainbow Centre Parent

“I really hope lots of other families get to enjoy more of these sessions in the future as it is such a great activity for the whole family which is rare to find when you have a child with additional needs” 

Rainbow Centre Parent

THANK YOU RAINBOW CENTRE

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