Messy fun at Hartlepool centre for children with disabilities

Pathways to Independence new messy play.
Front from left, group users John Redman, Ben Gingil and Steven Oliver

Pathways to Independence new messy play. Front from left, group users John Redman, Ben Gingil and Steven Oliver

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Youngsters can have fun while enjoying a new messy play site was opened in Hartlepool.

The play area has been created at Pathways to Independence, in Usworth Road in the town.

Pathways to Independence new messy play.
Manager Sharon Showler and Scott Chapman

Pathways to Independence new messy play. Manager Sharon Showler and Scott Chapman

The organisation provides support to children and adults with additional needs and disabilities to access their community.

It also helps users to take part in social activities and has its own drop in facility which allows individuals to meet up with friends.

The new addition is now up and running to improve the site’s provision for those aged five to 16, thanks to help from businesses in the town.

Activities co-ordinator Scott Chapman said: “We did some research and found that there was nothing like this in Hartlepool.

“We relied on local people to step up and help out and they really have.”

Scott Chapman

“We’ve got different sensory things going on and a lot of tactile, hands-on stuff.

“Now there are sand crafts, paints and Play-Doh for children.

“There’s also a projector for DVD nights and other sensory sessions.”

The good news continues to come for Pathways to Independence, which is part of the Springfield Healthcare group, after the company was named finalists in the National Learning Disability Awards in Birmingham, with staff member Nigel Anderson named Support Worker of the Year.

“We have to thank all of the local businesses who have helped us to improve the facility,” added Mr Chapman.

“Seams So Easy have donated soft cushions and seating and Shotton Furniture Store donated money as well.

“We relied on local people to step up and help out and they really have.”

For more information about Pathways to Independence call 01429 235551 or go to www.pathwaystoindependence.com.