TEEN GYM POLICY UPDATE We are pleased to announce that our Teen gym members can now attend at any time when accompanied by a Responsible Adult. Both the Adult and Teen MUST have memberships. To add this onto your membership please contact the Fitness team as an appointment will be need to add this to your account drop us a message or call 0151 495 2200 option 2 … See MoreSee Less
1st time using this service today and I got 1 pack king prawns, whole chicken, pork loin for £5 somthing, but this will do me and my daughter loads, chicken 3x meal each, pork 3x and prawns is my favourite thing ever so a nice snack dinner for me. Thanks. Will look out for next time on xx
With thanks to funding from Halton Housing we’re excited to be providing a FREE packed Lunch to children at our August events on Wednesdays at Widnes Library AND Tuesday at Rhymetime in Runcorn. 12-12:30pm. **numbers are limited and provided on first come first served basis** RT … See MoreSee Less
Let’s be honest, it’s never easy going on holiday as a #SEND family! Some SEND kids are so distressed by the very act of going on holiday (ie. being in an unfamiliar place, with different food/different smells, being out of routine etc.) that they just can’t cope with being on holiday at all and need to come home.
Looking at it from my #autistic / #ADHD kids’ points of view, I guess holidays don’t really make a lot of sense at all. Why would they want to give up their security, their predictability, their Safe Space, leave loads of their sensory comforts at home .. to get completely exhausted travelling, ending up somewhere unpredictable (and therefore scary) that they’ve never been before, with beds that feel different, food they might not like, probably (gasp!) NO WIFI (!!!) and no control whatsoever over what happens.
When you look at it like that, it’s easier to see why going on holiday often results in a catastrophic meltdown for so many SEND kids.
But does that mean we shouldn’t go on holiday at all?
That’s a really tricky question, and a lot depends on you as a family, and the profile of the #SEN child/children involved.
Some children are so traumatised in their day to day school life, that the holidays feel like the only time they might actually have some control: so they dig in, hunker down in their bedroom or safe space, refuse to do anything/go anywhere/see anyone .. because that’s what feels SAFE.
And we have to measure that against our own needs, as adults and parents, for a little bit of freedom, a bit of relaxation, a change from our own 4 walls that can feel so prison-like when our child will not (or cannot) leave the house.
We’ve managed to get Big Bruv and Little Sis away this summer. We’ve had some moments, but so far, no-one has had a total meltdown .. (yet!)
I won’t lie, It really can feel like a kick in the face when we save up to get away somewhere nice, and the kids are standing there with their headphones on, asking if we can have a McDonalds, faces glued to their phones, mumping that their feet hurt/they are bored etc… (because they really just need to feel control, and going back to our accommodation/gaming for the rest of the day feels like control!)
But I’m learning that maybe that’s the trade off we all need to make. Maybe challenging my kids to stretch their boundaries, when they are in a good enough place to handle that, is a good thing – but the trick is being careful not to stretch them too far. Knowing when to cut our losses and grab some fast food .. or head back to our accommodation for some down time .. maybe that’s how we all get to do a *little* of what we want (even if it isn’t *quite* what we as mum and dad hoped).
Either way, for a million different reasons, holidays can be tough. Whatever your plans are for this #summer break, I hope you all get to do a little bit of what you enjoy, and get a little bit of whatever it is you need.
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That is so our family 😏 A holiday is so challenging I need a holiday when we return 😉
That was us last week! My 8 year old loved swimming but the MOMENT she got out she freaked about her hair being wet so I had to stand there drying it with the most rubbish dryer ever.. it was like somebody breathing hot air on you 😑
WARNING: For parents of disabled adults, we recommend seeking further advice before claiming Carer’s Allowance. In some circumstances, it can affect the means-tested benefits they receive and leave them worse off. … See MoreSee Less
I am pleased to share the new disability hoist that has been fitted this morning at Penketh Pool another step forward to completion of the renovation. This hoist is fully automatic and can be operated by the service user or a member of staff, it is mobile & will not be stored on the poolside, portable ,easily moved by one person from its storage point to the poolside this will also protect the hoist from accidental damage & reduce saturation of the frame from the effects of water ( old hoist had rusted away) The full cost of the purchase, delivery & installation from a donation from Penketh Youth & Community Asc, this valuable piece of equipment will provide equal access to swimming for all ages & abilities in our community 🏊♂️ … See MoreSee Less