community After school 
clubs are big hit

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Two after school clubs are proving a hit at a Doncaster special school

Some of the young people and their parents at Heatherwood School on Leger Way asked if after school clubs could be run so that young people with a disability are given the same opportunity to access clubs as mainstream pupils.

The clubs are run on the school premises by Doncaster Community Arts (DARTs) and Core Children’s Services. The Play Club (run by DARTS) is for primary aged youngsters where they take part in visual crafts, art, dance and music. The Teen Club is run by Core Children’s Services and teenagers can take part in sports and crafts. Aiming High money is being used to fund the initiatives.

The after school clubs are also supported by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), who provide a school nurse to ensure the young people can be supported in an emergency, given the nature of their disabilities.

RDaSH Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Jill Telford, said: “It is a pleasure to support these after school clubs. The young people love the clubs and it is great to see them taking part in these opportunities”.

Natalie Nicholson, Parent Support Advisor at Heatherwood School said: “It is fantastic that the young people can now experience extra activities after school just like their mainstream peers do on a regular basis. Now we have two great clubs that are appropriate to meet the needs of our young people!”