Lambeth Family Link
The Axis Foundation has part-funded a four week summer activity programme for 92 disabled children aged 5 – 18 years old, from Lambeth.
A donation of £2,500 was made to Lambeth Family Link, an organisation that provides a wide variety of short break services to children and young people with medium to severe disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Special Education Needs (SEN), physical, sensory and learning disabilities.
The funding will pay for mini-bus transport, carer support and sporting activities including swimming, wall-climbing, football and horseback riding. All of which are activities that the children and their families cannot normally access on their own because of the extra support they require.
“It’s not fair that these children are socially disadvantaged without access to the same leisure or transport experiences as other young people” commented Axis Foundation Trustee, Joe Ibrahim. “We hope that this donation will provide an enjoyable experience for the children in a safe and comfortable environment with professional carers”.
Children taken on the ‘Summer Holiday Play Scheme’ have the opportunity to experience new activities and socialise and make friends outside of their special needs schools. And their families are given the chance of some rest from the physical and emotional demands of caring for children with disabilities.
“The LFL is extremely grateful for the Axis Foundation’s support, without funding the Summer Playscheme for these disabled children simply couldn’t happen” explained Lambeth Family Link’s Marva Trenton. “Then these young people, especially those with severe autism and severe disabilities, would most likely be sitting at home for the duration of the summer holidays because it is a struggle for their parents to take them out.
Lambeth Family Link is an extremely worthy cause and registered charity, which has been delivering services to children and young people with medium to severe disabilities in Lambeth for the past 29 years.
Originally set up by a group of parents and carers (of children with disabilities) to offer support to other children with disabilities and their parents in the Lambeth area, the organisation now offers After School Clubs, Holiday Play Schemes, Family Outings, Befriending scheme, Youth project, Allotment Gardening Project and Saturday Club for over 200 disabled children/young people.