Nova Children's Project is an exciting new service for children and young people with disabilities!
Our dedicated team of staff have run a specialist short break service for children and young people with moderate to severe disabilities for the last ten years. In November 2017, we received the news that the national charity we worked for had decided it was not financially viable to continue, meaning the service that currently supports over 100 families in Kent will cease to exist from 1 April 2018.
We were devastated for all the young people and their families and couldn’t bear the thought of them losing something that has become such an integral part of the children’s lives and a source of vital respite for parents. An emotional team meeting with our staff led us to the question of “why don’t we try to do it on our own?” Since then, we have spent many hours completing research into how we could do it and many more questioning whether it was all going to be too difficult and complicated. Eventually, our hearts won the battle with our heads and we have made the decision to give it a shot for all the families who benefit from our service and, most importantly, for our children and young people who have always been the driving force in everything we do.
What are we hoping to do?
We are aiming to provide a range of clubs and playschemes for children and young people with disabilities in West Kent. We believe no child should miss out on accessing activities and experiences due to their disability. Our project will give them an opportunity to have fun, socialise and develop their independence, in a safe and friendly environment, whilst giving parents a much-needed break.
Where are we now?
In January 2018, we became a registered Community Interest Company, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing services that benefit the community. We have managed to secure some grants which gives us a good starting place, but they are nowhere near enough to cover the extensive costs involved in setting up and running an organisation. We are now relying on donations to fill a funding gap of 30% both via Crowdfunder and a range of fundraising events we are running. We would be extremely grateful if you would consider making a donation to help us make this service happen.