Disabled children enjoy workshops

KADRAG, an arts and drama group set up by Long-Shaw Kids Fund
KADRAG, an arts and drama group set up by Long-Shaw Kids Fund

An exciting new arts and drama workshop has been launched for those suffering with profound disabilities.

KADRAG is part of registered charity Long-Shaw Kids Fund, which takes place every Sunday, from 1-4pm.

Aimed at severely disabled children, from eight to 18-years-old, the group is run at Tatton Community Centre, on Silverdale Rd Chorley.

Children are given the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities, including dance classes and craft sessions.

As the 37-week project comes to the end, all the group will carry out a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Donna Nicholson, 42, a trustee of Long-Shaw Kids Fund, said: “There is a bit of everything for the children at the workshops - it’s great. It has been fantastic so far.

“The kids are going home messy and covered in glue. The parents love it, because we are getting the children involved in activities.

“The staff are loving it as well - there is an absolute buzz from the workshops and seeing the kids enjoying them.

“We did an opening party with Andy Magee doing a sensory disco.

“The kids loved him, and he was brilliant with them.”

As well as the arts and drama workshop, Long-Shaw Kids Fund, which was set up by parents who have disabled children, organise a range of other activities for the children on their books. These include abseiling and skiing.

KADRAG is now looking for funders, to provide t-shirts for its members.

The group has been funded by Lancashire Break Time Grants from Lancashire County Council.

Dawn Fenton, Lancashire County Council’s child and family support development manager, said: “Contracts for groups like Kadrag are awarded by a working group made up of members of the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum on behalf of Lancashire Break Time.

“So far, for 2012/13, the panels have looked at over 1000 Lancashire Break Time applications and have awarded £3million.

“We would like to thank parents for giving up their time for helping us to fully assess applications and making decisions on which groups should be awarded a grant.”

To provide funding to KADRAG, or for more information visit www.longshawkidsfund.blogspot.co.uk.