The DASH (Disabilities After School and Holiday) Club, whose motto is ‘we aim to make a difference’, has been awarded £5,500 by Corra Foundation. This money will be used to help pay the cost of adapted transport for young people with special needs.
Kathleen Green, Project Manager from DASH, said: “The 11 to 18 year olds we work with at our after school club and during school holidays all have complex special needs. This means they need fairly specialist support and also need more people around to give them the right level of support. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have lots of fun and it is always great to see just how much they enjoy taking part in everything from dancing to swimming and boccia to creative arts. We have 38 young people in the club and that means 38 families are getting a bit of extra support which can make all the difference to them. This funding will enable us to continue our valuable work which is great news for everyone involved.”
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “The DASH Club was set up because parents were concerned that there were no after school facilities for their children. Most parents can take having access to this sort of support for granted, but unfortunately for children with special needs this isn’t always the case. Yet it is extremely important as it is great for the young people and also gives their parents or carers a greatly needed break. The range of activities offered by the DASH Club is fantastic and the fact that it has been running for 14 years shows just how much need there is for this vital service. We are delighted to have been able to contribute to the transport costs involved in running the service.”
This is the sixth award the Foundation has made to the DASH Club since 2006, bringing the total support to £46,000.