A new youth club for older children with special needs has been set up by an ex-police officer in Ruskington.
Called Rainbow Flyers Youth Club, the group offers a safe place for children aged 11 and over to interract, socialise, play games and learn craft skills.
It has been founded by retired police officer Karen Kenward.
Her nine-year-old son Thomas, who has autism, inspired her to set up the club.
“There’s such a need for support for children who have special needs in this area,” said Karen.
“But it is also for the parents and carers who can some along and talk to each other, share advice on how to deal with certain difficulties and just be a support to each other.”
The club runs every Sunday afternoon, from 3-5pm, at Ruskington Youth Centre.
Children can play games like pool and table tennis, and Xbox video games, and they can try their hand at crafts and other fun activites – or simply kick back and watch television with friends. Adults/carers must attend with their children.
“The club is for children aged 11 or over, but I can’t put an upper age limit on it as there are some adults who are mentally much younger and could benefit from the group.
“I am now looking to do more sessions for these older adults, too.”
Karen says she would like to incorporate learning life skills, such as first aid, into future sessions.
“I’ve got such huge plans and ideas for the club,” she said.
“Rainbow Flyers Youth Club offers something for this age range which was not prevously available in the area.”
Karen added: “I met with Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service last week and am now a member – and the club has proper safeguarding measures and insurance in place.”
Entry per session is £2 per youth and there is free entryfor their parents/carers and siblings.
l For more information visit their Facebook page by searching for the group’s name.