Hunstanton club caters for special needs

Photo from left : Nick Booth and daughter Darcey, Monique, Donna and Poppy Nice with another group member. MLNF16EB05411 www.townandaround.net ELAINE BIRD ANL-160517-175200001
Photo from left : Nick Booth and daughter Darcey, Monique, Donna and Poppy Nice with another group member. MLNF16EB05411 www.townandaround.net ELAINE BIRD ANL-160517-175200001

Meeting monthly in Hunstanton’s Methodist Church Hall, a group has been set up to provide a fun, safe and relaxed environment for children with special educational needs to experience art in their own way and in their own time.

The inspiration for the group is nine-year-old Monique, who has been diagnosed with many different disabilities.

Mum Donna Nice said: “Monique has experienced great difficulty in accessing mainstream groups despite trying many times with family and one to one support and because her level of understanding is very limited she is often left behind socially as well as not being able to finish tasks.

“The art group is very relaxed and calm, there are no time restrictions or expectations and everyone is valued for the tings they can do rather than focusing on what they can’t do.”

Up to 10 children attend the sessions with their parents and siblings and refreshments are provided by the Church.

One of the regular attendees is four-year-old Darcey and her mum Beth Booth said: “Darcey loves this group; there’s no time schedule to keep to so she can relax and all the children seem to have a mutual understanding of each other’s personal space so they can socialise without anxiety.”

Anyone who would like to know more about the group can contact Donna Nice at donnanice@live.co.uk or 0778 0003335