Calling All Home Heroes!  Are you up for the 2.6 Challenge?

Like so many UK charities, all our work relies entirely on you, our amazing supporters!

Without you volunteering your time, raising funds for us, donations being made, as well as us securing grants we would not be able to support over 2000 Norfolk SEND families who access SENsational Families services.

The COVID-19 crisis is having and will continue to have a devastating effect on all UK charities at a time when services are needed more than ever.

This is why we have joined the 2.6 Challenge - we need your help!

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis we launched our emergency funds plea for additional donations to help us continue to provide vital support to Norfolk SEND families who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.  We have now merged this with the 2.6 Challenge Campaign.

Our urgent appeal for donations is to help us to continue supporting more than 2,000 members during the pandemic; unsurprisingly there has been a far greater demand for support than our funds can stretch to. In order for our team to continue working hard to help our families during this extraordinarily challenging time, we desperately need your help!

Will you take up the challenge?

Every penny raised will be used to support Norfolk SEND families, now during the lockdown period and then long into the future when they have to yet again readjust to whatever may lie ahead.

So far put together and made and delivered over 250 Smile Boxes - our Lockdown Support Packs and now urgently need donations to meet the demand and start fulfilling the ever increasing waiting list.

Nicki, CEO and Co-Founder of SENsational Families said: 

"Coronavirus is an invisible crisis for families of children and young people with SEND. Many will be self-isolating as they are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, meaning they must stay at home, and this is having a profound impact on their SEND needs. Coupled with the loss of regular support networks – many of these individuals will be reliant on carers and support workers – meaning drastic changes to their typical routines, which in turn increases social, emotional and mental health difficulties, due to the changes in the world. This can exacerbate existing issues such as, anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders, domestic abuse and physically violent challenging behaviour. "

"Our families are under immense daily strain without the additional restraints the coronavirus pandemic brings, and so will be struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19, especially as the virus continues to intensify its grip. "

"In addition, the cost of caring for children and young people with SEND on average costs an extra £581 a month (SCOPE 2019) - our families have been significantly affected by loss of earnings - yet face an increase in both food purchases and use of utilities, so simply cannot afford any extras. We have seen a huge spike for support needed with access to food banks as well as families suffering domestic abuse. The impact of Covid-19 really is exceptionally profound on our families and their children."

"Children and young people with SEND have a range of needs including, speech and language difficulties, as well as complex health, educational and social care needs, and often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations. A commonly shared condition is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Our ‘Lockdown Support Packs’ have been specially designed not only to help children initiate creative play, but also explore and engage the senses to develop language; improve cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction as well as being fun - our hope is that we can provide a tiny bit of comfort in the face of such incredible adversity.

If you are up for the Challenge check out the official 2.6 Challenge website where you will find loads of ideas.  Set up a fundraising page or make a donation

SENsational Families is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1173051.
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