The area of additional needs in children is truly vast, and the Spectrum projects are designed and created to help alleviate that.
An example of just some of the areas we presently support, and are not limited to, are as follows: Autism (ASD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Global Development Delay (GDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Communication Disorder (SCD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Epilepsy, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Cancer, Genetic & Chromosome Disorders, Cerebral Palsy & Hyper-mobility.
As part of our development, we are continually analysing the services and features that we provide physically and digitally, as well as considering new ones. Our projects focus around social and communication development skills, supporting sensory needs, utilising creativity and maintaining a fun aspect to them, in an empathetic environment. Where we can, we will always try to include an educational element alongside them and consider such areas as the Arts and environment too while utilising technology, entertainment and interaction.
All of our Spectrum projects are areas that we need to fundraise for, gain donations and work with the external grant funders and corporate partners to deliver. We have been fortunate to see fantastic support from the local community and community partners in many ways and a great belief in the work that we do.
We are incredibly proud to have won several awards for our work with families and to be supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Here are some of the projects that we are working on presently and moving forwards.
EVENTS & DAYS OUT
Supporting access to the leading UK and local events, whilst focusing on inclusion and reducing isolation. Enabling vulnerable families to take advantage of learning, fun, and creativity while engaging with Sport, the Arts, Technology, Entertainment Heritage, Nature and History. Utilising peer support from likeminded families.
A central channel for our family support access whilst provide children dedicated sessions in an engaging sensory considered environment while promoting an active lifestyle. The cornerstone of our work, the foundation for the future and embracing the community partners and local business while providing moments of parental respite.
The implementation of a dedicated day to day team member. They will be challenged with not only supporting our beneficiaries and growth rate but building upon it, actively creating more opportunities and community partners.
An extended stay, overseas event. Providing our member families the opportunity to take in the magic of Disney, whilst understanding and supportive of the challenges they face. A once in a lifetime option for many.
Broadening and expanding our Digital Reach to those we support across different media, regardless of geography and from their own home. Delivering a fully remote Arts Award programme, secure Minecraft servers and embedding technology in our events and sessions.
Working with digital content to provide an array of visual learning tools for the benefit of all those we work with. Making Spectrum’s work more visual for families to assist learning difficulties, while engaging children in mentoring, recording their successes and encouraging peer to peer learning.
Expanding Team Spectrum to cater for continued higher demand for our services, family worker support requests, digital content and channels, with both our members and community partners. Increasing our support to schools and referral points.
SPORT & WELL BEING
An expanded programme to sample a range of different sports and fitness orientated activities. The programme is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle, increase mental well being across solo, team and family designed opportunities.
LIFE & WORK SKILLS
Providing volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities within our environment. This will assist individuals looking to learn new skills and commercial organisations wishing their staff to play a more active role in the community.
A dedicated coastal retreat for the families we support across East Anglia and beyond. The location is sensory focused and fully equipped to offer respite and short breaks to meet their needs, as well as being more financially viable.