WellChild celebrates Helping Hands 10 year anniversary!

Posted on the 12th May 2017

See what we have achieved in the last 10 years and meet some of the children we have supported.

WellChild will be carrying out its 10th anniversary Helping Hands project for a family in Cheltenham on May 16th and 17th.

Over the last 10 years, WellChild Helping Hands programme has received 1,024 applications and has seen the team complete 290 projects, benefiting 3,400 children and young people. WellChild Helping Hands is set to complete it’s 300th project later in the year.

We will be transforming 12 year old Caitlin’s garden, to give her a safe, fun and accessible outdoor space. Caitlin has a diagnosis of autism and epilepsy. She has complex needs, developmental delay and has limited communication skills. She needs assistance with all aspects of her personal care. Caitlin is very active and demands a lot of attention, she has no awareness of danger. Having a home environment that is safe, and appropriate for her needs would make a huge difference to Caitlin and her family’s daily lives.

The garden transformation, in partnership with volunteers from Cirencester based financial company St James’s Place, will give Caitlin a garden that will be safe for when she has her seizures and also takes into account her other difficulties, providing a stimulating space to be with her family and independently.  We will provide an area for a swing, an artificial grass space, decking for seating with the family, build a play house and add some sensory elements for her to engage with, such as a water play area. These changes to the garden will have a dramatic impact on Caitlin’s life.

As well as volunteers from St James’s Place members of WellChild staff, trustees and perhaps even one or two of our celebrity ambassadors will be mucking in to create the new garden for Caitlin and celebrate WellChild Helping Hands scheme’s 10th anniversary. There will be regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter over the two days showing how the garden is progressing.

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