25 Jun 2012

On Saturday 30 June, our Portage and Befriending programme will mark 30 years working with disabled children, young people and their families in the Brighton and Hove area.

The programme responds to the needs of disabled children and young people and works with parents and carers to help children develop and reach their potential.

Staff and volunteers will be hosting a party at the Hangleton Community Centre, Hove to celebrate and acknowledge the fantastic work the project’s volunteers and staff have done over the years.

Project Manager Rachael Wilson said: 'We are immensely proud of our achievements over the last thirty years. We wouldn’t be here today if not for the amazing people who give up their time and volunteer with us. As long as we always have a dedicated team of volunteers there’s no reason why we won’t be here in 30 years’ time celebrating our own diamond jubilee!'

Sharon Haines, a local mum whose two sons are supported by the programme said: 'Both of my sons have really benefitted from the Portage and Befriending Service. It's really encouraging to see that a service like this is still going. People should be aware of how relevant and important it is to the development of children with special needs. My family and I are massively thankful for this service.'

Local Councillor Sue Shanks, staff and families will be at the party which will include food and entertainment. As well as being a great event, it will also serve to raise awareness for the project and hopefully attract potential volunteers. 

If you'd like more information, or would like to attend the event, please get in touch with Rachael Wilson on 01273 749085.


Media enquiries

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Notes to editors

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.