A NEW group aimed at helping families of children with additional support needs has been launched in Kirkcaldy.
Nourish meets weekly and caters for kids who have a range of conditions - from autism and Down’s Syndrome to genetic disorders and development issues.
The aim is to provide a mutual support network for their families.
Based in Hayfield Community Hall, its members are all parents, grandparents and carers of children and young adults.
Lynne Scott, secretary, said: “The group allows parents and carers to relax, have a chat and a cuppa about any issues affecting them. They can also bring their children along as well - just now there are children aged from two to 18 coming along.
’’We provide a safe play area with toys and a healthy snack for them to enjoy, and there is also a small sitting room if anyone wants some quiet time to themselves.’’
Lynn said the group gives everyone support.
She added: ‘‘The reason for starting Nourish was simply that we felt that there was a strong need for a support group in Kirkcaldy.
‘‘Most of us have other children too, and know that the whole family is often affected when you have a child with additional support needs.
“One of the most difficult times families face is when a baby/child is first given a diagnosis. We have all experienced this and know how traumatic it can be.
‘‘This is why Nourish is so important because it can give families going through this situation a place to go and talk about it. They may really benefit from coming to our group.”
‘‘We also support the whole family and welcome anyone from Fife along.
‘‘We also have regular support from the educational home visiting service and have links with other agencies who visit can offer information and advice on benefits, respite, workshops and anything else anyone may be struggling with.”
The group meets in Hayfield Community Hall every Thursday (during school term) from 12.45-2.30 p.m.
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Contact Lynne on (01592) 345169, Aileen (01592) 204304 or Bev (01592) 571120.