Families with isolated disabled children in the North West enjoy Forest School thanks to Freemasons

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Disabled children and their families have enjoyed a free Forest School to have fun, build confidence and reduce isolation, thanks to a £150,000 grant from the Freemasons

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, is hosting fun events in Hawarden Estate, North Wales and across the West Midlands and Wales.

Families got a chance to enjoy a mud kitchen, minibeast hunt, hammocks, cooking marshmallows & popcorn on the campfire and den building.

It is one of a host of exciting events being planned in the area, with something to suit all interests including interactive theatre performances, creating stories workshops and “try it” sports days.

It was one of the first live events after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions, and parents and children alike were overjoyed to meet up with other families.

The grant from North Wales Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Lizzie Salter, Contact’s Better Together Events Manager, said:

'We’re really grateful to North Wales Freemasons for their generous grant. Families with disabled children can feel isolated and alone because they don’t know anyone else in their situation. And the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified those feelings. Our Better Together events are the perfect tonic. They’re not only an opportunity for families to enjoy fun shared experiences, they also boost confidence and help them make friends and support networks.'

Phil James, Chairman of North Wales Freemasons’ Charity, said:

'On behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help Contact with their wonderful ‘Better Together’ project. It’s difficult enough for disabled children and their families at the best of times, but Covid-19 has inevitably led to greater isolation. These events are a marvellous way for them to have fun and boost their confidence.'

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