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Disability nursery gets facelift with help from local housing volunteers

Article By: Julia Corbett, News Editor

Volunteers from Aspire Housing will be transforming a nursery for children with special needs in Newcastle-under-Lyme next week by decorating and furnishing the nursery’s new purpose built family room.

The Peter Pan Nursery for Children with Special Needs will be decorating the newly built room designed for parents to meet other parents or carers in similar situations and will also provide a space for nursery practitioners to receive training. As part of the nursery’s renovation, the current family and parents’ room will be turned into office facilities for the nursery which is a registered charity and receives 90 per cent of its funding from donations.

Head of fundraising, Sophia Baker said: “The charity has always taken parent support very seriously and we feel this new purpose built room will provide parents with a private and comfortable place to relax in.

“After facing current funding cuts we are not able to purchase the new furniture needed for the room or bring in professionals to help us relocate our office space. It is essential we receive donations of furniture and we are very pleased to have Aspire Housing supply us with a fantastic team of volunteers to help us transform the whole of our setting!”

Aspire Housing is a housing association with over 8,500 properties which provides affordable housing and neighbourhood services in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

The Peter Pan Nursery supports children up to the age of five with a wide range of special needs including cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autistic spectrum disorder. All children receive one-to-one or one-to-two educational support to ensure their specific needs are met.

The nursery is appealing to local furniture companies to get in touch if they would like to donate soft furnishings and sofas for the room. Donations of decorating resources such as dust sheets and paintbrushes will also be greatly welcomed by the nursery, with decoration due to start on 23 April 2014.


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