Funding helps group to provide fun activities for young children and families

Monday, 10th December 2018

A group offering fun activities and social opportunities to children with additional support needs and their families in Consett, County Durham is celebrating after receiving a grant from Karbon Homes.

Jessica Wray from Karbon Homes with members of the Danny's Friends Group

Danny’s Friends is an activity group for children of all ages with additional needs to socialise with their families and enjoy fun activities together.

The group meets fortnightly at Castleside Village Hall in Consett where the children enjoy arts and crafts, cooking sessions, sports and other fun activities.

Karbon Homes’ £1,000 grant from its community fund has helped the group purchase sensory, arts and sports equipment so they can expand their sessions as well as offer sibling sessions – giving them some much needed respite and the chance to make new friends.

Danny’s Friends was set up in June 2018 by parents Ian and Sarah Smith whose son, Danny, 9, has Fragile X Syndrome, which is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment.

The group is run by volunteers who put all their energy into creating a fun, friendly and interactive environment for the children and their families.

Sarah Smith said: “My husband and I created Danny’s Friends so that families like ours have somewhere safe and fun to enjoy social opportunities together. This funding will make a huge difference to our families by allowing us to purchase some much needed equipment, and run six additional sibling sessions next year.”

Jessica Wray, Community Investment Officer at Karbon Homes, said; “Danny’s Friends is a fantastic group made up of volunteers, friends and carers that provides social inclusion and opportunities for children with disabilities.

“Our funding will enable this group to thrive by providing additional resources and sessions which will benefit their siblings and extended families – giving them much needed respite and allowing them the opportunity to socialise with peers in a similar situation.

“One of Karbon’s aims is to create places that promote health, happiness and wellbeing with our communities by investing in projects and initiatives that will make a long lasting, tangible difference to the lives of our customers and communities. Danny’s Friends is a great example of this.”

Danny's Friends meet at Castleside Village Hall in Consett on alternate Saturdays 10am-12pm in term time and every Wednesday 10am-12pm during school holidays. More families are welcome to join in with all the fun. For more information, please visit www.dannysfriends.co.uk or call 07940 204 120.