Life started for Little Miracles as a coffee morning between parents in January 2012 at the SureStart Children’s Centre in Soham.
In June 2013 we were approached by Little Miracles of Peterborough to join up with them and extend their reach into Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, we have been doing so ever since.
As time has moved on, we have grown significantly as an independent organisation. We have built a core management team including a family worker and have over 35 volunteers to help support families in the surrounding area, whose children have additional needs. We have put in place many fundraising plans which are vital to keep us moving forward as well as sustaining our existing services.
Many of our volunteers have been on the journey with us. They joined Little Miracles as members, initially in need of support and have since gone onto become volunteers and support other people themselves. This is truly amazing to see and a brilliant reflection of the strength of our local community.
The area of additional needs in children is truly vast. An example of just some of the areas we presently support and are not limited to, are as follows: Autism (ASD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Global Development Delay (GDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Epilepsy, Aspergers, Hypotonia, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy & Hyper-mobility.
For the LMCEN team we started out by just supporting a few local families, pretty much ever since we have been growing by the week.
2014 was a huge year for us and we saw a 85% growth rate in attendance to our sessions and 2015 proved to be bigger still with a further 180% growth in session visits and a 300% increase in our membership. This expansion saw us deliver a project to move from our former Soham base, to dedicated offices and session space at Ely Community Centre which has been an amazing journey and exceeded all our expectations.
This all goes to show the demand for additional needs support by families in the local area. We are presently seeing a minimum of 15 new families join us per month, in need of support and guidance both at home and in the child’s education setting.
Our free sessions run every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm at the Ely Community Centre. We offer a vital support network including a family worker, sensory advice, DLA and benefits advice and activities for children of any age with additional needs. Our facilities on site include a dedicated sensory room, interactive floor, photography studio, games consoles, sports, toys and refreshments to name but a few.
In addition to our sessions we provide regular days out for children and their families / carers to the leading local and UK attractions. Additionally we are also an authorised Max Card regional agent for Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
We have been very fortunate to win both the Luminus Community Inspiration Award for Group Achievement and the Cambridge News Community Group Award, which we are hugely proud of. We have also been awarded the Pinpoint “Parent Participation Good Practice Award” in conjunction with Cambridgeshire County Council, for our work in the sector.
Please check back to our site and social media regularly to see all the latest information and news about Little Miracles, our new events that have been organised and how we are growing across the region.