Shining the Spotlight - Shine (East Norfolk)

We are really proud of our members and will jump at every chance to shout about them and their achievements! This is a dedicated place to showcase members and to shine the spotlight on their projects.

This time, we're looking at Shine (East Norfolk).

A smiling girl in a wheelchair.

How it works

Shine (East Norfolk) provides a range of person-centered services and activities for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities and their families across the East Norfolk region.

We have a deep desire to invest in local children so they can be ready for the future - information, advice, support, childcare and respite services empower local families to fill their potential and enjoy the best quality of life possible through making positive choices.

We provide the highest quality expert care and support in a fun, welcoming and award-winning environment. We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional services, ensuring that all families feel welcome.

We are an experienced organisation that caters for children with a variety of needs including those with complex needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder and challenging behaviour.  Where the child’s needs require it, we work on a 1:1 basis, and we use specialist communication systems (PECS/WIDGET), sign language and advanced computer technology specially designed for children with disability to ensure we understand their every need and can respond appropriately.

What has been achieved?

Dedicated staff have worked tirelessly completing training courses, attending supervisions and continuously going above and beyond their call of duty to ensure the charity runs efficiently and every child’s individual needs are catered for.  We are committed to supporting the local job market and have helped our apprentice Amelia gain an Achievement Award for her work with us.

There have been hours of fun and laughter at the Alpha Centre. Trips and activities for the children and their families included a visit to Africa Alive, a ride on a steam train to meet Father Christmas, our popular Christmas Party and a visit from “The Lions of Zululand”. Shine also supported parents and carers to attend various activities with their families which they can’t normally manage, making additional staff members available to help with any challenges arising during the trips.

Shine promotes healthy eating, works with its members to help develop life and social skills and offers lots of exciting new experiences and opportunities.  We run regular groups and sessions where children and young people can form friendships, play together and try their hand at cooking, pottery, art and crafts and sports.

Next steps

Shine wishes to reach out to more children and young people with disability and welcome them in to our family.

We will continue to provide new experiences in a safe and secure environment and aim to offer more sessions per year.

A boy feeds a goat.

More information

Website: www.shine-gy.org.uk

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Shine_E_Norfolk