Short Breaks Programme receives praise

Reds in the Community, in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, are providing opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults to participate in sport.

The programme of activities provides disabled participants with enjoyable and valuable sporting experiences away from their parents and carers. In turn, parents and carers benefit with a valuable break from caring.

The range of activities includes; Holiday Course, Saturday Coaching Club and After-School Multi-Sport sessions as well as competitive football fixtures in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League involving neighbouring football club charities. All activities are delivered at Oakwell and within the community. These developments ensure Reds in the Community remains at the forefront of local disability sport.

Father of Short Breaks participant Mya praises the programme saying “The benefits to Mya has been immense, she’s had plenty of time to herself, her own independence which has brought her on at school and she’s got to meet other people and make friends, She got fit which is huge with kids now being sat at home a lot, she has gained a lot of skills, she’s met other people and she is socialising and now going to parties and other peoples houses and it has helped to remove a lot of boundaries and promotes a bit of conversation”

“As a family, we have had time to relax and to rest spend time with our other children and its helped them have a closer time as well and enable us to recharge our batteries and be a better parent both to our younger children and Mya”

“She (Mya) has tried mainstream sport and provisions and she has struggled, she feels very involved when she comes down here and feels like a team player, the staff are amazing, extremely supportive and understanding and go above and beyond I’m sure of their regular duties it’s been an amazing experience we trust and respect that Mya is supervised here at all times”