Under 5’s in Berkshire with additional needs and disabilities receive support from Berkshire Freemasons

July 23, 2018

Young children in West Berkshire with autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and other conditions, will be supported by Dingley’s Promise, thanks to a grant of £20,457 from Berkshire Freemasons.

With 11 per cent of pupils recorded as having special educational needs (SEND) across Berkshire, and the gap between children with SEND and those in the mainstream continuing to increase, support at a very early age is essential to provide the best possible start in life.

Dingley’s Promise, who celebrate their 35th birthday this year, provide specialist learning through play, family support, training and advice to mainstream settings at their Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Centre in Newbury.  Helping children to develop their social/emotional development and physical health provides a foundation for their cognitive and language skills to flourish. With a tailored plan, all children are supported to go on to access the best education possible.

The support delivered in West Berkshire, now jointly funded with Children in Need will enable Dingley’s Promise to provide a high level of support to twenty children with varying needs.  The grant from Berkshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation,
which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Abi Preston-Rees, West Berkshire Centre Manager said; “We’re very grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their generous grant. It will help us to support more families of children with special needs and disabilities across West Berkshire, and offer learning through play sessions, that are essential in aiding development.”

Brian Sylvester, a senior Berkshire Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to support Dingley’s Promise and their essential work in helping children under 5 with special needs. By giving them help at an early stage these children are getting the best possible chance for a good education: it’s truly life changing.”

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