Crafty youngsters benefit from emergency grant

A Flintshire charity which supports disabled children and their families is sending out craft packs to youngsters every few weeks until July after receiving emergency funding.

Daffodils is run by its members and was started 20 years ago because of the lack of support available for children with a range of special needs including autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and ADHD.

Office manager Anita James said: “The parents started hiring centres for their children to use during holiday times but also support their siblings. It’s always been about the whole family interacting.

“We put on about 180 events across Flintshire over the year. We exclusively hire community centres, sports and leisure facilities and soft play centres and put on activities. We also hire the swimming pool for an hour.

“We hold a range of sporting activities and family excursions and they’re always well received.”

During the last two decades Mold-based Daffodils has worked with 817 families  and currently works closely with around 200 families.

Anita said Covid-19 stopped the charity’s activities overnight. 

“Social distancing meant we couldn’t do any face-to-face activities,” she said. “Immediately we switched all our activities online and started doing a lot of events on Facebook like craft workshops and sing-along sessions. It’s great that we’ve been able to stay in touch with families.”

Anita decided they wanted to do even more and were awarded £6,776 by the Steve Morgan Foundation to pay for a special project whereby they send craft packs out to youngsters every few weeks until July.

“We’ve been able to send out 140 craft packs to youngsters so far,” she said. “We have limited funds so we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“It’s made such a difference and we very grateful. We have a long-standing relationship with the Steve Morgan Foundation.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation has been working with Daffodils since 2007 and the latest grant brings the amount awarded to them in that time to over £200,000.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “Anyone with young children will tell you how challenging it is to keep them occupied during the lockdown. What Daffodils is doing is they’re keeping in contact with their youngsters and keeping them occupied through this craft project. We were delighted to support it.”

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