Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2020
Winner in ‘Best Place in Leeds for Children and Young People’
Little Hiccups is a charity that supports families that have a child(ren) under 16 with additional needs or a disability. The Education Act 2002 defines ‘additional needs’ as:
“the new concept of additional support needs refers to any child or young person who, for whatever reason, requires additional support for learning. Additional support needs can arise from any factor which causes a barrier to learning, whether that factor relates to social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, disability, or family and care circumstances and learning environment.”
Our remit as a Charity is to support additional needs that are specific to a disability, regardless of whether or not they are registered disabled or have an official diagnosis.
Within this remit, Little Hiccups does not want to put a label on what classes as an ‘additional need’ or ‘disability’ as the definition and range is so broad. Our emphasis will instead be on whether the family feels they need the support of the group.
We are however, completely self funded so need to ensure that the monies raised are getting to the right families that need the support the most. Consequently, we ask that families are honest and decide themselves that they feel that they are in need of the support of Little Hiccups.
Very occasionally we may have to admit that Little Hiccups is not the right environment for a particular child or family at that time; where this is the case, we will work with the family to find another suitable provision if possible.
We also ask that new members read our Behaviour Statement before joining. By joining Little Hiccups you are agreeing to abide by the Guidelines.
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“We used the buggy every day and it was so much easier than her heavy NHS chair. It was perfect on the beaches and on the hilly walks in Cornwall.”
I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at nine months which could have had the potential to make my life chances severely less than most people. However, I do believe that having a disability can actually enrich your experiences, many of which have been provided by Little Hiccups. Also, the continued support they offer to many children in a variety of different ways allows us to widen our horizons and perspectives. I have also made many friends from Little Hiccups’ work which allowed me to understand how much more fortunate I have been than other children in a similar situation.
When I was first told about Little Hiccups I was very apprehensive and wasn’t sure what to expect but from our first visit over 3 years ago we have felt at ease and welcomed. It gives families with SEN children hope and most importantly support. We meet every week and it feels so good knowing we can be somewhere where nobody will judge or mutter under their breaths about us. We have monthly outings to places I’d never think of going and very cost-effective which makes it possible to make “normal” memories. I personally feel like we’re one big family and I haven’t a clue where we would be without Little Hiccups. It feels like an escapism from the real world.
Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2020
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