Since the COVID-19 crisis many families across the world are struggling but for the children of those families we support, they are going through a particularly challenging time.
Many families having to cope with self-isolation with children that often struggle day to day at home and manage best with routine in their life provided by nursery, school, college or places to visit and learn with homeschooling.
These children have a range of special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) including sensory issues, speech and
language disorders, complex physical and health needs and many will have even more challenging behaviour in response to the changes going on in the world right now.
The impact on parents/carers and siblings is immense and due to isolation, their support networks will either be gone or be available purely via technology.
Many families are struggling financially due to the pressure of additional food and utility bills and many have been affected by loss of earnings. Families with a child with disabilities already, on average, face an increase in living costs of £581 a month more than a family who doesn't have a child with a disability.
What are we doing to try and help?
Families can still access our support via phone, email, online and via our website but we want to do more. We need to do more!
We want to see some SENsational smiles put back on the faces of Norfolk SEND families.
We are producing SEND Family Support Packs which we want any SEND family in Norfolk to be able to receive. This is a massive project and one we cannot achieve without help from you.
How can you help?
We are asking for cash donations as well as donations from companies of brand new art and craft materials, puzzle books, stationary, sweet/chocolate treats, pots of bubbles, sensory friendly toys such as slime, putty, stress balls etc
If you can help us put some SENsational smiles back on the SEND families in Norfolk we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Nicki our CEO at [email protected] to discuss donating any items.
Or make a cash donation so we can ensure we help as many Norfolk SEND families as we can.