A new bouncy castle has been donated to WAVES Additional Needs Support Group after funding was secured from the Northumbria Police Charities’ Fund
Youngsters at a South Tyneside support group are bouncing happily again after kind-hearted officers came to the rescue.
WAVES Additional Needs Support Group is a volunteer-led service in Jarrow that supports vulnerable children with disabilities or additional needs, their siblings and carers in a fun and informal setting.
With more than 350 active members, the group offers a range of activities including board games, cookery and independence training, gardening and creative craft workshops.
One of the most popular offerings for children – from tots to teens - is a bouncy castle, but the group were forced to deflate the apparatus earlier this year after it did not meet new safety regulations.
Knowing the positive impact that the group makes across the region, PCSO Neil Reed wanted to help – and worked with the Force’s southern community engagement team to put smiles back on the kids’ faces.
A new bouncy castle was recently donated after funding was secured from the Northumbria Police Charities’ Fund, and members have now thanked the Force for their generous gesture.
“We are so grateful to have received our very own bouncy castle from the police charities’ fund,” said Suzanne Jackson, chair of WAVES Additional Needs Support Group.
“The children were devastated when they no longer had use of a bouncy castle due to safety requirements, but are now delighted to have the opportunity to bounce their little hearts out on a Saturday.
“Due to the needs of a number of our children, the bouncy castle provides fun stimulation and helps to increase their physical fitness and strengthen their muscles.
“I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of everyone at WAVES.”
PCSO Reed recently attended the group’s Bilton Hall Community Centre home to present the children with the new acquisition.
“WAVES offer a safe and welcoming environment to children and teenagers with a range of disabilities and additional needs," PCSO Reed said.
“By working in the community, I’ve come to realise just how important a role they play for families – so upon hearing that the old bouncy castle was no longer fit for use, I wanted to help.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to donate a new bouncy castle, which will no doubt provide hours of fun for so many children across South Tyneside.”
For more information about WAVES, visit https://www.waves-support-group.com/.