Families with disabled children in Worcestershire recently took part in an engaging soft play party, courtesy of a grant from the local Freemasons. This special event took place at Cheeky Monkeys, a renowned soft play centre in Worcester, as part of the Better Together project run by disability charity, Contact.
Better Together events are designed with the objective of bringing families closer to enjoy shared experiences, fostering relationships, minimizing isolation, and bolstering family wellbeing. All the families involved have children with disabilities, and the activities chosen are inclusive, catering to children and young people with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions.
The initiative not only provides much-needed fun for the whole family but also offers an excellent opportunity for disabled children and their siblings to form new friendships. The project offers an added benefit for parent carers, allowing them to receive expert advice from Contact’s Family Support Consultants and connect with other parents navigating similar challenges.
The grant for this initiative was provided by the Worcestershire Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, an organization funded by Freemasons, their families, and friends from across England and Wales.
Harriet Squirrel, the Events Manager for Contact’s Better Together initiative, expressed her gratitude towards the Freemasons. “We’re very grateful to Worcestershire Freemasons for their generous grant. Better Together events, such as this wonderful visit to Cheeky Monkeys, are aimed at bringing families closer together,” she said. She further added that these events provide an opportunity for families to share fun experiences, make friends, and build support networks.
Stephen Wyer, the Head of Worcestershire Freemasons, expressed his satisfaction at being able to support Contact in offering these unique experiences to families with disabled children in Worcestershire. “We know that these children can become isolated and lack confidence, and this kind of event can really help. We hope their activity day at Cheeky Monkeys has been enjoyable and full of excitement,” he said.