18th Sep 2014

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North Derbyshire has a brand new accessible club for children thanks to National Citizenship Service Students and local charity Accessible Derbyshire.

'Shine' is a new creative arts club set up by Rebecca Wortley: a local Creative Arts graduate. Its aim is to give children aged 0-5 the opportunity to express themselves in a safe and creative way.

Funding for the club has been provided with money raised by students on the National Citizenship Service programme which ran during the summer in Buxton and which encourages young people to take part in a social action project.

A team of students on the programme took part in a 35 mile sponsored walk through the 'Golden Miles' route of Derbyshire devised by Accessible Derbyshire co-founder Gillian Scotford as well as organising a fun-day for the charity at Carsington Water.

Speaking about the new club Gillian said that:

“We are delighted to provide start-up funding for 'Shine' which will give children and parents alike the opportunity to get together, make new friends and enjoy themselves in a non-competitive, safe and inclusive environment with friendly, trained staff. We have chosen a fabulous, accessible location for the club in Cliffe Park, Dronfield making it ideal for all children regardless of ability or disability.”

The club is open to all youngsters aged 0-5 and will offer a range of arts and crafts activities every Friday for 6 weeks from Friday, 19th September between 9.30 and 11.30 at Cliffe Park, Dronfield. Cost is £3.50 per child with free juice and biscuits and there is no need to book.

Given its popularity, its is hoped that the club will continue on an on-going basis after this initial, funded 6 weeks and be self-sustaining.

 Cliffe Park has a large play area, disabled access, parking and the Vintage Rose café to enjoy so why not come along and let your talents shine?



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