This September marked our first drop-in session at Shooting Star House, allowing families an opportunity to meet up with each other face to face for the first time in many months.

Members of our Family Support Team were on hand with lots of tea and cake, giving the parents the chance to talk about how they’ve been finding the last few months, as well as running a range of activities for children and siblings to get involved with, including mask making and hand painting.

The sun was shining so several families took the chance to have fun on the special adapted playground equipment for the first time in ages, as well as simply enjoy our peaceful sensory gardens.

The theme for this session was Sensory and Music and our new Music Therapist Marion, lead a fun session to get everyone involved. As well as picking an instrument and making some music, the families were able to pick a coloured scarf and perform a fun interactive version of ‘I can sing a rainbow.’

Families said of the session:

“Thank you for organising such a lovely event for siblings – a much needed one. Both Trisha and Tristan enjoyed it very much and I had a bit of a break – looking forward to the next one.”

“It is really good to be able to meet up with other people again. We really enjoyed the music.”

“Lovely afternoon meeting families in a safe environment. Really enjoyed the music and being back in the peaceful, fun garden. Very well organised.”

“We really enjoyed coming to the event, a nice break with crafts, music therapy and cakes. Loved going on the roundabout in the garden. Thank you to all the care team.”

These new drop-in sessions will be held once a month at Shooting Star House, with the next session this month offering support to families of older supported children in planning the transition to adult care.

We can only continue to provide these services to the whole family with your support – you can donate here