Fun in the park

22nd August 2015

  • On 21 August, 65 families with disabled children flocked to Hillsborough Sports Arena to enjoy a free family fun day, organised by the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum with funding from Sheffield City Council.

    The event featured the ever-popular bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, adapted cycles and – a new addition this year – a miniature train, which was a big hit with young railway enthusiasts.

    Children took part in a range of accessible sports activities and got into the groove at dance and drumming workshops.

    But there was also plenty to do for those who preferred a quieter approach – such as arts & crafts activities, face and nail painting, a mobile library van, or cuddling up with the animals from Heeley City Farm.

    Jayne Woodward, the Forum’s chair, said: “The event is now in its fourth year, and we do think that we are getting better every time we do it. It’s certainly very popular – this time, it was booked up in just a few hours!”

    Development Worker Eva Juusola added: “We are very fortunate in that we always have lots of support from local organisations, like sports clubs, schools or the fire service. This year, we also managed to involve a number of local companies: Gripple, Henry Boot, Lloyds TSB and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors all allowed their staff to volunteer at our event. They were brilliant, and we couldn’t have done it without them!”

    To see photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.