Little Miracles is delighted to announce that after a period of discussions, trial sessions and analysis of feedback it is moving to the Ely Community Centre at High Barns, Ely effective May 2nd 2015.
Throughout the duration of 2014 we saw an 85% growth rate in the number of families that we support, who have children with additional needs, learning difficulties and disabilities. We have already seen a similar growth rate in 2015 so far which shows the demand for support that there is in the local area. We now support over 350 children, their families and carers in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Herts with a lot of our focus being across Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket and the surrounding villages. Over 42% of the children that we support are on the Autistic Spectrum.
We were hugely grateful to have had the opportunity to move to the recently refurbished Ely Community Centre and develop a good relationship with Tania Blythe and her team. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with and very supportive of the work that we do.The building, acting as a disability hub for the area provides Little Miracles with the ability to continue to grow in age-appropriate surroundings, take advantage of a dedicated Sensory Room and also hold an office / consultation point to continue to help families in the area of children with additional needs.
Little Miracles will continue to provide free weekly sessions at the new venue, every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm alongside our existing coffee mornings and days out to the leading local and national attractions.
Tania Blythe, Operations Manager for East Cambridgeshire County Council said;
“Ely Community Centre welcomes Little Miracles and looks forward to providing an environment that meets the needs, not only of the group itself, but also the community as a whole. We have worked well together, throughout this initial transition time, and are all very excited to be involved in the continued development of such a wonderful charity.”
Despite the very excited feelings of moving to the new location, continuing our growth and helping more families in the area alongside our existing members, we do leave the Soham SureStart Centre with a bit of a heavy heart. The SureStart Centre has been our home since our creation back in June 2013 and a huge thanks goes to both the centre and especially its Manager Mary Barnes for providing us with the chance to develop and help the community. Mary is not only an avid supporter of the work that we do but has also been a huge resource and wealth of knowledge for us as a mentor and we will be eternally grateful for the assistance and guidance she has provided us.
Mary Barnes, Manager of the Soham SureStart Centre said;
“The Children’s Centre has welcomed the opportunity to provide space and opportunity for Little Miracles to grow. We are happy to see that the group is expanding and supporting more and more families in the local area. Good luck, Little Miracles!”
The team is now working hard with local organisations, businesses and funders to equip the building for its sessions and continue to provide an engaging environment for the children that we support. The site allows us to provide modular rooms across media, sensory, arts and crafts and general play to improve social skills, confidence alongside fun in an environment where children do not feel judged in anyway and can be themselves. As well as the individuals mentioned above, the vast majority of the development we have been fortunate to see is down to the families that we assist and the support network we have been able to create with them for the benefit of everyone.
If you think that you can support Little Miracles in some way or wish to learn more about our sessions and the work that we do then please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A simply amazing start to the year and we thank you all greatly for your continued support.