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Morecambe’s Unique Kidz charity celebrates its 15th Birthday with a community party

Unique Kidz and Co, a local charity providing childcare and support for disabled children and adults, is celebrating its 15th Birthday with a party at its centre on Woodhill Lane, Morecambe.

On Saturday 20th July 2024, exactly 15 years since it opened its first summer holiday club, Unique Kidz are inviting the whole community down between 11am-2pm to join them in celebrating their enormous achievement.

 

The charity launched in 2009 by two mums, Jane Halpin and Denise Armer, who couldn’t find suitable childcare for their own disabled children.

Unique Kidz began as a summer holiday club with 65 young people in attendance, and now the charity has grown to offer after school, holiday and weekend clubs for children, daytime, evening and weekend support and sessions for young adults, as well as stay and play and sibling groups, with 187 disabled young people on its system and an ever-growing waiting list.

To enable the charity to take on more disabled young people and provide more accessible spaces, Unique Kidz has submitted planning for an incredible two-stage project that will transform its current outside space and building, for not only them, but so that other local groups can also benefit from it.

The plans include the addition of two specialist lodges, accessible play area, cycle track, sensory gardens, and growing garden outside the centre, and an extension and reformation of the internal layout of the building with more accessible spaces as well as sensory rooms, therapy suites and an accessible kitchen.

Speaking about her 15 year journey with Unique Kidz, Co-Founder Denise Armer said: “Jane Halpin and I met over 15 years ago at a coffee morning at our children’s school where we were asked as parents what respite services we were looking for. We took part in various steering groups with professionals and ultimately decided that we could create better provisions ourselves!”

“With Unique Kidz we wanted to create a place for our children, and other children with disabilities, that was made for them and where they could come and be one hundred percent be themselves, without being judged, and where they could meet and be with friends outside school.”

“Disability can affect all walks of life and its life changing. As a parent, it’s almost expected that one of you will quit work, and this 15 year journey with Unique Kidz has given me and Jane an outlet and opportunities outside being a parent that I am truly grateful for. We wanted to create a happy safe place, registered with Ofsted, with experienced staff that could meet their needs – and we’ve done just that with Unique Kidz.”

Jordan Halpin, Fundraising Manager at Unique Kidz, said: “We want people from the community to come down to our centre 11am-2pm on Saturday 20th July and experience Unique Kidz for themselves. We have entertainment, BBQ, stalls and raffles and so much more, and we really want them to share in our celebration of our young people and the work we’ve done over the past 15 years, and to also get excited about the future of Unique Kidz and what it can mean for our community.”

The 15th Birthday Party will take place on
Saturday 20th July, 11am-2pm at
Unique Kidz and Co, Woodhill Lane, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4NW

www.uniquekidzandco.org.uk

 

 

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