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Ben is 14 years old and has autism. Ben has been attending the Kids STRUT After school Club and play scheme during the school holidays for four years. His mum shares how he has been raising money, during the pandemic, for the club.
Ben gets excited for after school club every week. His favourite activities are playing football, playing on the Wii and eating tea! Ben’s confidence and social skills have increased since he started going to Kids, it is clear that he feels welcome and comfortable. I have also noticed positive changes to his behaviour. Ben has attended a number of trips and activities during the school holidays, he has thoroughly enjoyed them all and always looks forward to the booking forms arriving!
Ben has really missed attending Kids during lockdown and wanted to give something back for all of the care and support he has received from the staff over the years. Ben decided to undertake a virtual mountain climb by walking up and down the stairs 174 times. He completed his mission and raised over £700. We are all very proud of his achievement.
As a parent I am very grateful for the services Kids offer. The staff are all incredibly friendly and helpful and go above and beyond to help the children and young adults they work with. It is heart-warming to see Ben so happy. The holiday club activities are really useful to help keep Ben occupied during the holidays, there are very few options for activities for children with disabilities locally.
If it wasn’t for Kids Ben wouldn’t have a safe place where he could go to socialise with his friends and enjoy activities. I know of several other families who receive support from Kids and all of them have only positive stories to tell.