Winter wonderland for disabled children and young people

Thanks to Reconnect funding, a disabled children’s resource centre in Herne Bay was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with ice rink and Santa’s Grotto.

Children with disabilities used specially-adapted wheelchairs to skate on the ice, and there were fun push-along penguin ‘skate aids’ available for disabled children without wheelchairs to help them skate around the rink at Windchimes, in Reynolds Close. As well as the ice rink and Santa’s grotto, there was plenty to keep children entertained in the run-up to Christmas. Activities included:

  • a magic show
  • a bubble fairy
  • a silent disco
  • face-painting
  • Christmas-themed arts and crafts
  • gingerbread decorating
  • North Pole letter-writing.

As the event was a great success, Reconnect hosted 4 more ice rinks over the February half term in:

  • Ashford
  • Maidstone
  • Swale
  • Margate.

Children from Kent’s youth hubs were invited to join the fun and gave very positive feedback. Lots of fun was had by people of all ages, parents included!