Sylvia’s Day Centres for
Severely Disabled Children
Disabilities are common among children in the area where Sylvia works
They include Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Downs Syndrome and many more.
Sylvia runs two day centres, each looking after 40 children and each having 5 staff. No charge at all is made to the families of the children
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The two centres are borrowed, rent free, and are simple, old and limited
One centre is a church hall and the other is an outbuilding at a college
Play and learning materials are provided as well as some basic physiotherapy equipment
The centres are open 5 days a week.
The children are transported from their villages, using whatever transport is available, with a number of the children needing wheelchairs.
The day is carefully structured and gives the children whatever education they can manage and a great deal of care, play and social interaction.
Lunch and a simple uniform are provided.
A physiotherapist shuttles between the two centres.
The results are astonishing.
The children come from very deprived backgrounds and have no other opportunity to develop and learn. Their disabilities are distressing and confining.
At the centres, activities are carefully organised and each child’s progress, however small, is very carefully monitored and recorded.
The children make real progress in their learning and social interaction
The standard of care is remarkable and the staff are kind and dedicated
Parents get respite and are offered guidance on caring for their child
They often help in the centres when they can. They are astonished and delighted at how much progress the children can make.
The results are truly humbling!
All of the running costs are funded by the Sylvia Wright Trust, a registered charity based in the UK.
A wonderful, new opportunity
Lee Morgan, a physiotherapist and supporter from the USA, is leading a project to create a new purpose built centre to replace the present facilities
This centre will have:
- ample space and light
- outside play areas
- a dining room
- a physiotherapy room
- a therapy pool
The new centre will be built next to Sylvia’s Rangammal School for 200 profoundly deaf children and it will therefore be able to share some of its facilities including kitchens, sports field and assembly hall.
An architect’s walk through impression will be available shortly.
For more information contact: Tony Allinson (Chairman of The Sylvia Wright Trust) via our contacts page.
Please contact Angela Clark if you would like to sponsor one of these children. Sponsors give what they can afford. Tel: 0113 26677 660.
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