4us2 has won a £28,000 grant from the Lloyds Foundation. They will use the money to run weekly “Chat & Giggle” play and support sessions around Thanet for families of children with disabilities. 4us2’s manager Andrea Bennett, who is herself mum to a severely disabled teenager, said, “Isolation is a real issue for parents and carers of children with disabilities. You can feel trapped in your own home and by the problems that surround you. We’re running these sessions to reach out to families and give the children a safe place to play while the parents and carers can get some support and make new connections, and hopefully take some steps to overcoming that isolation. We’re really grateful to the Lloyds Foundation for making this work possible.”
Chat & Giggle sessions will run on Thursday mornings in Thanet. 4us2 staff will be there to lead the sessions and will bring special equipment like fibre optic lights, a dark tent and sensory toys and puppets for the children to play with. Parents whose children are at school / college are welcome to come too. Full details of the dates and times of sessions are on their website, on the events calendar.