Making a difference

“Having been involved in numerous childrens charity initiatives over the past 40 years; I must say that I am simply amazed at what Incredible Kids has achieved in such a short time. From the outset they have demonstrated a total commitment to achieving the highest possible care and support to numerous youngsters, and their families. Their integrity in the running and administration of the charity is exemplary.”

Bob Woodward OBE, Founder of the CLIC Trust.

What our families have said about Incredible Kids:

Incredible Kids is a real life line for our family. Before diagnosis I was banging my head against a brick wall not knowing where to look, get help or simply just to feel able to take my child places she would fit in and not be excluded. With the help of all the knowledgeable volunteers I was able to gain information about her impending diagnosis, advice was given regarding help that was needed and also benefit schemes. I think the staff are amazing, they made us feel at ease from day one. My daughter is able to play, run around often quite boisterous at times without annoying people. Often you feel excluded if your child doesn’t fit in to the norm but this place has helped with mine and her confidence. Now she has a formal diagnosis we visit every week, I have much sought after time to sit and chat with the other parents/carers whilst she gets to have fun with all her new friends. In her words “IK is fun, I never want to leave”.

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Incredible kids has been amazing. Since we started going the support and kindness that surrounds each session is so appreciated. My son who is 6 feels safe and happy there and is confident to be in the surroundings. Incredible kids has not just helped my son it’s helped me to. I have become less anxious and have felt happier to join in things. As I know incredible kids are there to support and be kind to each and every family. Incredible kids means a lot to our family and we are so grateful.

We as a family have found that incredible kids is an amazing resource centre and escape that we all benefit from. Me and my husband can sit and have a coffee and chat with other parents in similar situations or just be a understanding ear for others who need to vent. We have 5 girls ranging from 13 – 2yrs old and there is something for all of them to relax, enjoy and get away from our house and hospital life. We also have a disabled 3yr old son, he benefits greatly from the sensory area and the big open space to be able to move about, with little worry of his lines or tubes being pulled at or caught by other children. He is encouraged by the incredible kids helpers to try everything and helped when needed with more challenging activities for his ability. We have been dreading the building closing and will be a big void as we do go every Tues, Friday and a few hours on a Saturday. Our son does spend alot of time in hospital and more so this Christmas as he had a kidney transplant. All the helpers were an amazing support and we are always still welcome when he is an inpatient. This helps to keep a routine for the girls and also escape the stresses we are facing away from incredible kids. Thank you incredible kids for everything you do for us as a family!

Incredible kids has definitely been a life saver for me, it’s been the first place that Cameron has wanted to socialise and has even made some friends! More importantly though it has given me friends, a place to go where I feel understood and not judged. It’s so relaxed and there is always someone to greet you with a smile and a cup of tea is always available! Some weeks Incredible Kid’s sessions are the only time I get to leave the house and have adult company I’m so glad that I found them!

I have been going to Incredible Kids from the start and it has given me and my family a safe caring loving environment where the children love to play and the adults can sit and chat whilst being able to watch their children playing, we have really needed incredible kids everyone is really friendly and you feel cared for and part of something very special

Most (in fact all) parks in our area are inaccessible to our child , a safe friendly environment where he can play, learn and develop in a safe specifically designed area are invaluable to his life skills and social development WE NEED THIS it’s not a luxury for family’s like ours it a necessity.

Having Incredible Kids has been a life saver! It is the only place I can take a child with additional needs & mainstream children together & know that they are safe. The child with additional needs can’t go to parks, soft plays etc due to physical disabilities so by going to Incredible Kids it means none of the children miss out or gets bored because there is such a choice there for them. We love the sensory tent & sensory toys, somewhere to chill! It’s a great set up in that the adults can sit at a table & have a drink & watch the children playing. It’s great that everyone is so friendly & supportive! Everyone is there to help each other if need be.

IK is a complete lifesaver. My kids are often really happy there which means I get a break. No one goes hungry or thirsty and problems shared are often met with helpful suggestions…I feel supported and understood which I never take for granted. Thank you IK

Incredible Kids provides us with a special environment where we can safely take our two little boys knowing it’s secure and safe. We find as parents that we struggle to find places at the weekend that suit our boys needs perfectly, Incredible Kids meets their needs. We find it relaxing and calm and a great place to meet other parents of children with additional needs. We also have a daughter of 11 and we find that Incredible Kids cater for her needs which is extremely important, providing iPads and games for her to play which is great, they understand sibling’s needs too. It would be fantastic if Incredible Kids could get their own facility with hopefully some enclosed outdoor space. Incredible Kids means so much to my family so please support the application for their very own facility. I am writing to you as a parent of two children with additional needs.

I love coming to Incredible Kids knowing my son with Autism is safe and everyone is understanding, I find it a great support to meet other parents and carers, when you find out your child has problems u can feel very alone but at IK u realise you’re not alone and u can discuss issues and swap tips, it is a lovely place to be I have turned up an hour before closing before after having a bad day and have left in a great mood as I have been able to watch my son having a lovely time and I have had a chat to others who understand the problems my son sometimes has, my daughter comes along too and even though she doesn’t have special needs it is lovely for her to come along and play in a safe environment, often if we go somewhere else my son goes off on his own agenda and she has to follow him with me, at IK they can both play independently and I know they are both safe, it’s a day out without the stress, we enjoy it a lot.

I haven’t made it along to a session yet either – but knowing IK is there gives me a sense of security & reassurance that there is a place & people out there who will welcome me & my family in all its glory and not judge us! So when life gets less hectic I look forward to joining you for some cake keep up the amazing hard work.

I love incredible kids.  It has been life saving for me as I have been able to bring all 3 children even though 1 of them has no additional needs. As I have loved the group so much and also realised that it was run by parents in similar situation to myself so therefore have always helped as much as I can with setting up and packing away and running it in between.  But the help given by all the volunteers often comes at some personal cost.

It takes about an hour each to set up and another to pack away.  This eats up a lot of our time especially when we are trying to care for/supervise our high needs children.  It often has to be a well-managed juggling act to achieve this and becomes extremely exhausting to do alongside the continuous childcare. For me this childcare is of 2 children with ASC, 1 of which has ADHD.

My wish would be that we had somewhere that didn’t require us to be continuously setting up/ clearing away all the equipment some of which is very big, like the sensory tent.  If we had our own facility we would also be able to invest in more specialist equipment and build different zones to meet the different requirements of the children and the whole family.

We have two children with severe disabilities.  We access the Incredible Kids group regularly on a Saturday and occasionally during the week and during the holidays. Both of our children enjoy attending the play sessions.  There are appropriate activities and equipment for the children to use and the environment is always welcoming, happy and safe. We support, as a family, all that the Incredible Kids group do and recommend them to other families who have children with additional needs

Incredible Kids is a great, safe place for both my child and me to relax and enjoy some social time in a non-judgemental environment. Due to the large space available no matter how many children are present it does not feel crowded or busy, making it a calmer place for my son to play without feeling his usual social anxiety.

I haven’t made it along to a session yet either – but knowing IK is there gives me a sense of security & reassurance that there is a place & people out there who will welcome me & my family in all its glory and not judge us! So when life gets less hectic I look forward to joining you for some cake keep up the amazing hard work.

Incredible Kids is the only place I can take both my children where I know that they will both be happy and that I will be able to have a break. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to help other parents who are also struggling to cope with the pressures of having a disabled child.

Our Aims and Objectives

What we do:

  • Provide family play sessions for children and young people with additional needs.
  • Provide trained play workers to engage the children in meaningful play
  • Provide parents with access to information about support services available
  • Enable support service providers to access families within our sessions
  • Provide special events each year for families to attend

Outcomes

Children and young people with additional needs will have improved confidence and social skills, allowing better integration with their peers.

Parents of children with additional needs and disabilities will feel less isolated and better supported through sharing their experiences.

Need

Families in the Greater Bristol Area with a child with a disability or additional needs require better play provision and more equal opportunities to interact with other families. Parents and carers feel isolated and would like more contact with other parents of children with a disability or additional needs.

Evidence

Contact a Family conducted an online survey in September 2011. 72% of families stated that they experience mental ill health such as anxiety, depression or breakdown due to isolation.

In November 2011 a survey of 198 families in the Greater Bristol Area with a disabled child showed that 95% of the families wanted access to an exclusive setting that provided them with an opportunity and the required equipment and support to be able to play with their children.
When asked to rank which services they valued the most in order, the desired services, were as follows:
1. Services that allow parents or carers and their children to play together
2. Services that allow siblings of children with additional needs time to play together
3. Services that give children with additional needs access to appropriate specialist play equipment

Our finances

Annual Report 201718

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