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Successful disability group plans for the future

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 08, 2013

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AN organisation which provides support to children with disabilities across South Derbyshire is set to receive a £10,000 funding boost.

Shout is in line to receive the grant as part of South Derbyshire District Council’s Community Partnership Scheme to reward worthwhile organisations in the area.

The service provides activities to children and teenagers with a wide range of disabilities.

Parents and siblings are also made to feel part of the group and are invited to take part in activities which include craft, dance and sport at venues across the district.

Since being formed nearly two years ago the group’s popularity has soared, with more than 140 people registered with the organisation.

One person who has been key to Shout’s success is Angie Archer, from Swadlincote, who runs the group with secretary Sarah Humphreys and six other dedicated committee members, as well as a number of outside influences including the People Express, which supports community schemes in the district.

Herself a mother of three children with special needs, Mrs Archer decided to act after noticing a lack of any similar groups in the area.

She said: “I’ve been in the field for 10 years, and from knowing other mums in the same scenario there just wasn’t anything like it in Swadlincote.

“I used to have to travel to Leicester as there was nothing in the area.”

The group has high hopes for the future, with the long-term ambition being to secure a permanent home from where sessions can be run.

There is also the possibility of the group becoming a registered charity, such has been the success in the short time it has been running.

But for now Mrs Archer said Shout waned to maintain its success.

She added: “This funding will allow us to build on what we have already done and do more of the things we want to do, and just carry it on.

“I wouldn’t say we have had any negative comments since we started. You can never please everyone but we do our best to keep everyone happy.”

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