Days of rain can’t halt the summer fun

Children have great fun at the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group summer scheme.
Children have great fun at the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group summer scheme.

They’ve had everything from searing sun to torrential downpours.

But nothing has stopped the fantastic fun which has been enjoyed by everyone on the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group summer scheme.

Although we started off with glorious weather, we have had a few days of rain but that hasn’t stopped our fun

Pat Allison, co-ordinator and manager of the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group

The annual project has once again been fully booked, and support group manager Pat Allison said: “It has been extremely busy with plenty of opportunities to participate and enjoy a full range of varied activities to meet everyone’s needs.

“Although we started off with glorious weather, we have had a few days of rain but that hasn’t stopped our fun.”

Activities held so far have included a visit to Seaton Carew as part of a photography training programme, sand play, swimming, and a chance to make a fluffy crocodile.

A Zumba session, bike riding and a visit from the fire service have also been held.

Although places on the summer scheme have now been filled, the support group’s regular activities will return from September at its base in the group’s resource centre in Park Road in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group was set up on September 29, 1989.

In the early days, parents met each week at different venues across the town, in anything from school cloakrooms to community centres.

However, the group has grown hugely since then and now owns its own resource centre.

Pat has praised the wonderful team of staff and volunteers who have made the organisation a success.

Anyone wanting more details on any of the group’s events should contact (01429) 863766, visit the group’s website at www.hsnsg.org.uk or email info@hsnsg.org.uk.