Children and young people with disabilities are welcome to come along to Hop, Skip and Jump Wigan, one of the local projects which recently secured funding from Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund. The charity, which is next to the Youth Zone in Wigan town centre, offers lots of things to do from sessions for babies through to youth groups for teenagers and a parents’ group.
Care and Training Officer, Lynne Harrison, says,
‘Parents and carers can leave their children with us and know that they will be well looked after. All of our staff do a full programme of training and have lots of experience working with children and young people with disabilities. The additional funding has meant that we can now offer the services at a lower cost to parents too.’
Hop, Skip and Jump offers an arts room, several soft play areas, sensory room, light room, dark room, cookery and lots of social activities to help young people build confidence and make new friends. Young people can come along to full day sessions on Saturdays or to shorter sessions run on week day evenings.
Anthony, 14, from Wigan, says,
‘It’s the best place. The staff are friendly. The people are nice and the sessions are great. As soon as I walked through the door I knew it was the place for me. I feel happy and confident here because I know the staff are always here to help.’
Alex, 13, from Standish, says,
‘I like coming here as it gives me something to do. I do some volunteering, I help with the computers and I help to clean up. It’s made me become a nicer person, I’ve become more helpful and I’ve learned how to make friends.’
For more information on Hop, Skip and Jump Wigan, you can call 01942 246601 or email [email protected]
For more information on Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund go to www.wigan.gov.uk/communities