LS29 Special Needs Group are 10 years old!

Over 60 families spent last weekend at Nell Bank outdoor activity centre in Ilkley, celebrating LS29 Special Needs Support Group’s 10th birthday.

The group was founded in 2006 by 3 parents who met in the park at the end of a particularly difficult half term holiday. They spoke about feeling isolated, not being invited to events and the sadness their children experienced. The initial publicity party attracted 15 families and have now grown to over 100 families.

The weekend was a great success, with live music, dance, arts and crafts, a sensory area, mini zoo, face painting, outdoor games and a Ceilidh. The LS29 group are extremely grateful for the support of the Ilkley Round Table, who contributed towards the funding of the event.

The Round Table have been long term supporters of the LS29 group, and have generously funded outings, activities and weekend residential trips over the past 10 years.  Karen Goodman, Chair says “We are so lucky to have had the ongoing support of the Ilkley Round Table, which has allowed us to be able grow and offer even more families a range of different experiences through activities and events, which they otherwise may not have had the opportunity or confidence to try”.

LS29 group are an entirely parent-led charity offering support, events for all the family and information. We offer much needed activities in school holidays, after school and at weekends to reduce isolation, experience good, inclusive family experiences and develop skills, independence and friendships

This month we were also thrilled to be announced as the regional winner for Yorkshire in the ‘Britain has Spirit’ Community Initiative award, organised by Together Mutual Insurance.  The awards were introduced to recognize the work carried out by local voluntary community groups, and LS29 will now be entered into the national competition in September, where we could be in with a chance of winning £25,000 towards making our local play areas more accessible for children with special needs.IMG_0288 IMG_0286 IMG_0287 IMG_0256 IMG_0257 IMG_0274 IMG_0277