Open day focus on family clubs

Laura Earnshaw uses the service for her daughter Georgia, seven and baby Laila.

Laura Earnshaw uses the service for her daughter Georgia, seven and baby Laila.

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FAMILIES of disabled children are being encouraged to take advantage of activity clubs to give them much-needed respite.

Scope Activities Blackpool (SAP) is involved in arranging a number of specialist clubs across the resort and says around 100 families in Blackpool make use of the dance, drama and art sessions.

But the charity is now trying to reach out to those who are unaware of the services on offer and is holding an open day for parents tomorrow.

Laura Earnshaw’s daughter Georgia, seven, who suffers from epilepsy and learning difficulties, attends the clubs.

Laura, 34, of Canterbury Avenue, near Stanley Park, said: “It gives us much needed respite, especially in the summer holidays.

“She can’t go to the cinema or just play on the road like normal children.”

Laura added the clubs allow her and husband Colin, 39, to spend time with their other children, Dillon, nine and six-month-old Laila.

She said: “Not all children want to be away from their parents but Georgia is quite happy just being dropped off and all the staff are friendly.”

Kelly Brien, project manager at Scope Activities Blackpool, said: “We’ve been in touch with a lot of people and we can see the impact that’s having.”

The open day will take place at Highfurlong School, on Blackpool Old Road, between 10am and noon tomorrow.

Call Kelly on (01772) 828000.

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