South Wales Freemasons visit to the Sparkle charity in March 2023

South Wales Freemasons and the Sparkle team

Thanks to a £60,000 grant from South Wales Freemasons to Sparkle, children with disabilities or developmental difficulties in the Caerphilly area will be able to access specialist play clubs.

Bringing up a family is difficult enough, especially in the current climate. But some children with complex disabilities or developmental difficulties can have profound needs and often need extra support – as do their families.

The Sparkle charity fully supports children and their families enabling them to participate in valued childhood experiences, with access to the same range of opportunities, life experiences, activities and community services as any other child and their family.

This grant through the Masonic Charitable Foundation will allow children between five and eleven with disabilities or developmental difficulties to access specialist play clubs here, twice a week, led by trained supervisors. They’ll support children with a range of diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome and various other genetic conditions.

We’re very grateful to the South Wales Freemasons for their generous grant which will provide a play facility for local children with very complex disabilities that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the Caerphilly area. It gives the children a chance to have fun, make friends and learn important social skills, these local children with profound needs will now be able to enjoy hugely important supervised play clubs. And it’s not just the children who will benefit, as the time they spend here at the clubs will allow their parents to have a regular break and a chance to spend time with other members of the family.

Samantha Edwards, Activities Development Officer at Sparkle

The team at Sparkle created a fantastic video to showcase their work during a visit from South Wales Freemasons in March:

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