New Hope Worcester was started 3 years ago by Jean Wilson, herself a mother of a disabled daughter, Emily. When Jean could not find suitable daytime respite care for Emily she decided to start her own for parents such as herself. New Hope opened in July 2010 supporting 3 families and now some 3 years later it supports 83 families, a huge growth in such a short space of time and proof that such a new daytime respite service for children was needed in Worcestershire.
New Hope is the only such organisation to open every Saturday and every school holiday throughout the year here in Worcestershire. It is also the only one of its type to open 9:30am-5pm during the school holiday, this ensures parent/carers receive regular, meaningful breaks from their caring responsibilities.
New Hope tries to host at least 3 family fun events a year: Our birthday party in July, our Bonfire night in November and our Christmas party in December. These events give the families who use the service a chance to socialise in a safe, welcoming and familar environment; fostering friendships between both parent/carers and children.
As the number of families we support grows at this exponital rate it is becoming harder to provide for the number of people who attend on such a small budget. Due to these events importance in the lives of the children we support we would like to make these occasions as special as possible which is also increasingly difficult on a small budget.
The aim of this particular project is to provide a fantastic bonfire night experience for the disabled children and their families that we support. Many of these children cannot cope with attending public firework events. By hosting our own event it allows these children to experience the same fun as their non-disabled peers in a safe and caring environment which is familar to them as they regularly attend our setting for holiday clubs.
We are asking for funding for the purchase of fireworks in order to do a display for the children and their families. The funding would also cover the cost of food (hotdogs, popcorn, other party snacks, soft drinks and hot beverages for the adults) and the cost of children's entertainment (e.g juggler, face-painter) on the evening.