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Our Space (Staffs) Ltd is a charity set up in February 2016 to provide play, social and recreational opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults and their families in the North Staffordshire area and beyond. For many young people with a disability there are few opportunities available for them to socialise and take part in recreational activities; this is the disadvantage that Our Space has set up to address. Our Space provides a range of club sessions, family-based sessions and special activities all aimed at broadening young people's experiences, help them develop confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills and make friends. Our Space formed as a result of local demand and has been user-led from inception.It has a strong presence at committee level from its members.
Funding will provide a range of special activities and a summer trip for disabled children, young people and adults. Activities will include DJ workshops, animal handling sessions, dance workshops, animation workshops and music sessions. The summer trip will be to the zoo. All the activity sessions will be delivered by professional providers and supported by Our Space staff and volunteers who will be able to meet the individual needs of the children and young people to ensure they are able to participate fully. The children, young people and adults who take part in the sessions will benefit by gaining new skills and experiences which will help improve confidence, independence and self-esteem. The day trip to the zoo will also provide parents with a much needed break from their caring role.