KIDS has won a major £45,000 grant from Yorkshire North and East Riding Freemasons to help these children develop their speech and social skills.

KIDS run three ‘Learn to Talk Together’ sessions  and two ‘Baby Sensory Groups’ across the city each week, for children with autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and a wide range of other conditions.

The children often have poor speech and conversational skills making it difficult to interact with peers and form real friendships. Parents and children take part in a variety of structured learning activities which are designed to improve children’s communication, speech and social skills.

Some of the activities on offer include song and rhyme time, music and movement, and craft and messy play. Families can also seek advice at the sessions and learn about activities they can do to support their child’s development at home.  The sessions support 60 families each year, and they are open to children with various disabilities and additional needs.

The grant from Yorkshire, North and East Riding Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

KIDS Regional Director for Yorkshire and Humberside, Sue Cawkwell, said:

“We’re very grateful to Yorkshire, North and East Riding Freemasons for their generous grant which will help us to give disabled children the best opportunity to achieve their full potential as they enter nursery school and later in life.”

Jeffrey Gillyon, Head of Yorkshire North and East Riding Freemasons, said:

“We’re very pleased to be able to help KIDS, who do wonderful work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community at the start of their lives when it matters most.”