Children’s centre all set for launch

Volunteers at the new Aiming Higher Central including charity manager Katy Simister (front).
Volunteers at the new Aiming Higher Central including charity manager Katy Simister (front).
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A charity which helps hundreds of Blackpool families is busy putting the finishing touches to its new headquarters.

Aiming Higher, which provides support for disabled children and their families, hopes to complete work at its base on Church Street this month.

Volunteers have been fund-raising, and refurbishing the former solicitors offices since taking them over last November after the charity moved from its previous home at Mereside Community Centre.

It needs around £100,000 in total for the project.

Facilities will include a soft play area, a sensory room, teenage zone, counselling room and a community cafe.

Aiming Higher charity worker Katy Simister said: “We have moved all the soft play equipment here from Mereside and have totally refurbished the building.

“We are very much a parent-led charity and our volunteers have been brilliant helping with the work.

“Our aim is to cater for the whole family.

“Parents will be able to relax here while their children play, knowing their children are safe and also that they are able to give them the personal care they need.”

The centre has already hosted one holiday club, and has another lined up later this month.

It hopes to have a fuller range of services available from September, with ses sions including a breakfast club, an afternoon club and a nursery.

Funding comes from grant applications, donations, a charity shop on Central Drive and from trading donated goods on eBay.

The charity has about 700 registered families.

Trustee Bruce Aingesaid: “When you have a disabled child, it makes you humble. We are very mindful every day that it’s not just your own child.

“But there are lots of other children out their who need support.

“Our volunteers are growing in number, and those we get, stay with us.”

Anyone who would like to help can contact the group on (01253) 206447/8.

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