Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to run seven FREE cinema screenings for disabled children, and those with additional needs, throughout February.
The screenings, funded by Aiming High Staffordshire, will give children the opportunity to enjoy a film with their parents and siblings.
The family film shows will take place at a number of venues across Staffordshire and will see children and young people, aged 8-18, experiencing a screening in a relaxed environment.
The film screenings will also give families the chance to build a support network with other families and will develop confidence and self-esteem, whilst having fun.
Julia Lunn, National Family Services Manager for Caudwell Children, explained: “Who doesn’t love going to the movies? The thrill and excitement of the lights dimming, the overwhelming stereo sound as the music plays and the dialogue is delivered.
“It’s a great experience that many families with disabled children rarely get to enjoy. The actual film is yet to be decided but I can guarantee that it will be a fantastic, fun, family film.”
Julia says that the charity’s activity days have always been extremely popular and is encouraging parents to get in touch as soon as possible as there are only a limited number of places available for the screenings.
They will take place from 1:30pm-4:00pm at the following venues:
- Sunday 4th February, 2018: Red Street Community Centre, Talke Road, Red Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 7AH
- Saturday 10th February, 2018: TBC
- Sunday 11th February, 2018: Foxlowe Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6AD
- Saturday 17th February, 2018: Whittington Village Hall, 4-6 Langton Crescent, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9LR
- Sunday 18th February, 2018: The Northfield Centre, Mangolia Avenue (off Cooperative Street), Stafford, ST16 3DU
- Saturday 24th February, 2018: Elford Village Hall, Church Road, Elford, Tamworth, B79 9DA
- Sunday 25th February, 2018: Great Wyrley Community Centre, Landywood lane, Walsall, WS6 6JX
“We know that families with disabled children struggle to get out of the house,” explained Julia. “An incredible 78% of children with a disability have no access to activities outside the home which is why our cinema screenings and short breaks programme are so important.
“The venues will avoid the hustle and bustle of the multiplex cinemas allowing families to have a much more relaxed experience.
“And not only that, we’ll even provide refreshments so that families can enjoy popcorn, sweets, chocolates and hot and cold drinks.”