Covid-19 Update: ALL Programmes Cancelled for the time-being.
As a responsible charity, the Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group have taken the decision to cancel all of our programmes * until further notice. This list includes: The Monthly Family Drop-in, Swimming at Seahaven and Seaford Head and our weekly Sensory Music. This is in line with advice from the Department of Health and Education regarding the recent Coronavirus pandemic.
We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Please continue to watch this website and our facebook pages for further updates.
* If you are enrolled on our SALT programme, you will be contacted by our SALT administrator to discuss options
The Family Drop-in meets once a month (almost always the 2nd Saturday of each month). Each session is open to ALL families with children with special needs. Our Drop In is a chance for the family to relax and play in a welcoming, non judgemental atmosphere. Parents get the chance to chat to other parents, make new friends and share experiences. For children we have plenty of sensory toys and equipment, plus Arts and Crafts, ending the afternoon with a music session.
As part of the drop-in, we offer an informational stand that contains more information about the various services we offer as well as information about other groups and services.
We also occasionally have a visiting professional or visitor from another support service who is announced ahead of time (see individual calendar entry) so that you can prepare any questions you might have.
Arts and Crafts
We have an arts and crafts table, staffed by dedicated volunteers who assist the children with their creativity. Each month, the arts and crafts table is focused on a “make & create” theme that is usually based on the season, just before Mother’s Day, we made 3d Mother’s Day cards and tissue paper flowers! Safety is paramount at the arts and craft table, with all equipment being of the safety variety and any glues are non-toxic. The arts and crafts table isn’t just for children with extra needs, it’s proving to be very popular with siblings too!
Our lending library has a wide variety of books on offer, bought with a generous grant from Tesco’s Community Fund. Various diagnosis and conditions are covered, as well as one or two books that are aimed at the young person or their siblings to help them understand. There is also an iPad available – only for use at the Drop-in, which contains a variety of applications and games.
At the drop-in we feature a range of play equipment, purchased with grant for £9,625 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme Fund. These items include specialist trikes, soft play train, a trampoline, a large ball pit and lots of crash mats! There are other toys on the crash mats including the colourful step leading up into and away from the ball pit and smaller toys.
In the main hall is the book and dressing up corner, which features a host of reading material for all abilities, a dressing up box containing dressing up items and uniforms for both girls and boys and the award winning “storyphones” – robust wirefree mp3 players for little ears, equipped with various stories and nursery rhymes.
All of these are surrounded by a host of cushions and beanbags, idea for quiet reading or listening to a story.
Many thanks go to the Seaford Martello Rotary Club, who have helped us start our Baby Corner. We aim to increase the equipment and facilities as time goes on to include more suitable toys for our youngest members in a sectioned off area that is safe from the larger members!
Gaming corner is popular with quieter children and siblings, with Dance Party being a huge hit with all ages, the added bonus, is that no controllers are required and up to six children can play at any one time.
Each month, towards the end of the drop-in, is music time. This enables the volunteers to quietly start to pack up the drop-in session, whilst keeping the children focused on a fun activity. The actual music activity varies, with regular visits from Ruth Whitelaw and member parent Kevin Tant (whom some of you may know).
The Mercread Center is on the Mercread Road, where there isn’t any parking. Instead, head for one of the town’s car-parks or for Cornfield Close (shown on map below), (A259 to Highlands Road, then as close to Cornfield Close as you can) where there is plenty of parking. At the end of Cornfield Close is an alleyway that will bring you out directly opposite the Mecread Centre (You can see the alleyway, if you examine the map below carefully).