The Cheesy Waffles Project is a charity for disabled children, young people and adults age 7 to 35 years from across County Durham. We deliver a full programme of learning and engaging activities to support with development and learning.
The ‘Remote Rainbow Project’ has been established as a demand for need from our project members and their parents/carers.
We are now engaging with our project members on a daily basis through a full and varied timetable of activities and that enable them to continue to enjoy and achieve.
Our project members all have learning disabilities and many are not coping with the break in their regular routines. Their parents and carers have found it difficult to explain to them why they can no longer attend and take part in the activities they enjoy throughout the week.
We started the Project initially to offer a few fun activities but it is now in huge demand with a series of learning, social, fun and accredited activities taking place to engage, encourage and support daily.
Activities include - Social Interaction, Health & Wellbeing, Learning & Development, Cookery and Fun Tasks.
Due to the diverse range of needs and abilities our members have, we need to communicate in a multitude of ways to ensure that they all receive contact and support which includes post, Facebook, email, telephone, WhatsApp and Zoom.
Activities need to be varied to enable everyone to be able to engage and achieve with or without support from parents and carers.
We are also offering a support system for parents and carers who require comfort and advice at this difficult time.
Our Charity has always been funded by local and National funders and this thankfully is continuing during this difficult time. However, we have also always supported a lot of our work through regular self fundraising activities and events
From our closure of normal services to the end of July we will have many fundraising events cancelled including Easter Fayre, Family Fun Day, Charity Football Matches, Raffles, Summer Show Performance, Community Cafes, Sponsored Events and the Subs from Project Members we are losing over £15,000.
This has a huge impact on our Charity that has worked so hard to establish for over 15 years.
We want to ensure that we can continue to not only deliver our project remotely while needed but also to be able to put measures in place once we can start to work face to face again.
We envisage a long term plan of recovery while we work with families and our Project members who will need a lot of support to return to regular services.
Any funds raised will go directly to the support and learning of our Project members.