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After school club for children with SEN

Potential Kids have received a grant of £4,375 to continue to offer a range of child and family focused social activities

Based in Hatfield, Potential Kids provides social activities for children and young people with different needs and abilities (including Autism, ADHD and related conditions), their families and siblings.

This significant grant will ensure that this entirely volunteer run group will be able to continue to offer a range of child and family focussed social activities.

Kids Potential was established last year by a local mother of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) who was frustrated by the lack of local after school opportunities for children with SEN. The group meets regularly and enjoys diverse activities including a computer club, Lego therapy, ‘Mad Science’ sessions and parent/carers evenings.

Angela Gaughan, mother and founder of Potential Kids said; “Our sessions increase confidence and self-esteem. They also give a sense of belonging to a community, which helps friendships to grow and reduces isolation. We are delighted to have been awarded this funding as it will directly benefit our families and children with Autism, ADHD and related conditions.”

Helen Gray, Director for Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) said; “Potential Kids is an amazing group which is working hard to benefit the personal development and wellbeing of the children that attend. There is clearly a need for this kind of group in the area and this grant will help Potential Kids to grow from strength to strength. Helping small, grassroot charities such as Potential Kids is core to Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s grant programmes.”

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