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Launch of support group for parents

Date: 12/12/2008           Category: Learning and Organisation Development

Chatham’s Wayfield Children’s Centre is throwing a Christmas party this Tuesday to celebrate the launch of the Grove Group – a support organisation for parents. The Grove Group is for parents who have children with additional needs and it will run every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am at the centre, in Wayfield Road. The group is run by health officers and offers emotional support for parents living in Medway as well as offering them the chance to share their experiences with others. Additional needs is a broad term used to describe children at risk of poor outcomes which are defined by the government Green Paper, Every Child Matters. The five outcomes are: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; and achieve economic well-being. According to government figures, an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of children in England and Wales have additional needs at some point in their childhood, requiring extra support from education, health or social services. This could be for a limited period, or on a long-term basis. Tuesday’s party, between 9.30am to noon, will be a chance to find out more about the group and join in with some festive fun too. Children are invited to come along and play with the wide variety of toys available and get in the Christmas spirit.