Nova Children's Project is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities. We run clubs and playschemes, giving them the opportunity to have fun and socialise in a safe and supportive environment, whilst giving their families a much-needed break from their caring role.
The children and young people we support have moderate, severe or profound disabilities and many of them have had very limited opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities due to the additional support they require, for example 1:1 support for complex health and/or behavioural needs. We believe no young person should miss out on accessing activities due to their disability and we are hoping to set up a new project to give them this opportunity.
The new project is to run a series on new activity clubs, focusing initially on dance and drama. We will be working collaboratively with Trinity Youth Theatre who will provide a practitioner to deliver the activities. Our highly skilled team of experienced staff and trained volunteers will provide the required support to help the young people engage and participate in the activities. Our hope is to give the children and young people we support the opportunity to try new activities and have new experiences, learn skills, develop their independence and, most importantly, have fun!
Feedback from families for our services:
"It helps my daughter enormously. It gives her something that is hers, a focus and socialisation. She would have very little outside of our family unit if it weren't for Nova."
"I'm so impressed that you and the team managed to get him to try so many activities. He's definitely come on so much and gained so much confidence since joining Nova."
"X loves having her own club to attend. It gives her independence, a focus, socialisation with like-minded children. It is very difficult for children with severe and complex needs to socialise due to the amount of support they require. This gives them independence from their parents, opportunities to try new things and meet new people. It also helps them feel like they have something they belong to."