Disabled children’s service celebrates key milestone

From left: Helen King, community organiser at Scope, with Karen Wood, Anne Reece, who provided vital funding to the new service, and Catherine Kirkley.
From left: Helen King, community organiser at Scope, with Karen Wood, Anne Reece, who provided vital funding to the new service, and Catherine Kirkley.
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A new service which supports parents of disabled children across the North East has celebrated its first milestone at an event at Alnwick Castle.

Three mums who have disabled children, including Catherine Kirkley, from Hadston, have helped set up disability charity Scope’s Face 2 Face service.

It offers emotional support and practical guidance to other parents with disabled children in the region.

As part of this, Catherine, as well as Karen Wood, from Ponteland, and Lisa Purdy, from Bedlington, have trained to become volunteer befrienders.

They are three of nine befrienders in the region who were awarded certificates at the event at Alnwick Castle earlier this month to mark the end of their training.

They are now calling for parents who are struggling, or who want some practical advice about getting the support they need for their families, to get in touch with the service.

Parents who contact the service will be matched with a befriender who will meet with them once a week at a place of their choosing over a six-week period to offer emotional support and advice.

For more details about how Scope’s Face 2 Face service could help or to volunteer to become a befriender, contact helen.king@scope.org.uk or call her on 07435 966754.

Or visit scope.org.uk/face 2face