Little Miracles CEN has come a very long way since his formation in mid 2013. We have developed strongly from the few families we initially supported to now supporting very close to 700 children in the local area, their families and carers.
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.
As part of our development we are constantly analysing the services and features that we provide, as well as considering new ones. Our projects focus around social and communication development skills, support sensory needs and maintaining a fun aspect to them. Where we can we will always try to include an educational element alongside them and consider such areas as the arts and environment too whilst utilising technology and interaction.
All of our projects are areas that we need to fundraise for, gain donations and work with the external funders to make happen. We have been fortunate to see fantastic support from the local community in many ways and a great belief in the work that we do.
Here are some of the projects that we are working on at the present time.
Active: Video Media Suite
The provision of a portable video & media suite at our centre.
We have seen a tremendous response to our photography work both in its style and the methodology which we include it in as a vehicle to increase social skills amongst the children that we support as well as their thirst for technology and media, especially YouTube. We have started doing more and more with video, both fixed point and active coverage utilising GoPro cameras at our sessions and events. As well as the fun element they gain from such options it has also proven to be a great way to harness imagination and improve social skills and we look forward to developing further on this front.
Our solution will consist of a portable backdrop & studio, green screen options, Dual Canon based photo/video system, ring lighting, microphone and further GoPro additions to cover more children and active angles.
Active: Sensory Garden
Collaboration with Cambridge County Council.
Through the course of 2015 and our move to our new base at Ely Community Centre, we concentrated on internal expansions and change. Our Sensory Garden plans are among our external plans, making the most of the extensive grounds we have available to us.
Our implementation will merge lots of colour and various scents amongst such items as a mud kitchen, water feature and outdoor instruments to support sensory needs. Additionally the children and all our members will benefit from being able to also care for the garden, develop it and consider the local wildlife that it attracts as part of our environmental thoughts. The area will also hold a giant deckchair, seating areas and covered areas.
2018: Sensory Soft Play
The provision of a modular Sensory soft play area at our base in Ely Community Centre.
The area will be mobile in nature and custom designed to allow us to utilise it in different rooms of the building so that we can continue to rotate the services that we provide. The design will also allow us to swap play options in and out and arrange the rooms in different formats.
It will be sensory focused and colourful, catering for a wide range of ages and taking in tactile, visual and aural considerations.
Complete: Role Play & Imagination
Our role play project delivery builds on improving social skills, working in grounds, having fun and making the most of imagination. These are hugely positive areas to work in, we have harnessed this same concept in the delivery of our photography studio last year.
We are looking to deliver a range of role play items and dress up to help encourage these areas, allowing children to improve their social development and mimic some of the things they see happen at home with their friends. Our intention is to build a small area that brings together things like kitchen items and household items to create our own little house accompanied with a range of dress up play to allow children to fall into character.
This project was successfully delivered with support from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation alongside Lovewell Blake, for which we are extremely grateful.
Please note that the images used with our projects are purely a general representation of them and not our chosen final designs or creations.
We are fortunate that many of our members as well as the local community take part in various sporting events, cake sales and challenges of all sorts to name but a few to help us with our fundraising efforts. Should you wish to do something similar then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!