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Friday 4th Mar 2016

Sunbeams

Sunbeams Provide Help and Happiness


On Thursday 3rd March President Elect Richard Parsons welcomed Rebecca Porter Group Co- ordinator of Sunbeams to give an update on the work of this, as yet, quite small and relatively new group. Rebecca's eldest daughter has  with Autism with learning difficulties so understands so well the problems facing parents and siblings of children who suffer from this condition and other conditions where children have additional needs. This young Mum founded Sunbeams in Bentham 6 years ago and now 10 regular families attend meetings and activities to support 23 children. At present the oldest child in the group is 14 years old. Monthly meetings, held on the first Friday of the month in term times 1.30pm - 3pm in the Bentham Methodist Chapel, provide social support for the families where problems can be discussed and shared. Also monthly on alternate Tuesday\Wednesday 5.30pm - 6.30pm Lego Clubs are held for the children. 
Rebecca told Rotarians of her passion for 2016 which is to provide a safe haven for young people. Sunbeams provides an opportunity for families to come together to enjoy the group and explore new activities. Rebecca  also wants to find ways of helping siblings relieve the isolation they can feel in families where there are children with additional needs. 
Ruth Poole, accompanied Becky and spoke about her delight in finding Sunbeams when she and her family moved to this area from Oxford and explained how much being a part of the group has helped her and her family.
A Coffee Morning will be held at Bentham Town Hall on 16th April
Rebecca can be contacted on 015242 63062 and beckse@hotmail.co.uk


Picture left to right :- Gordon Downing Stewart, Duncan Hamlett presenting lots of Lego to Becky Porter, Peter Irving and Ruth Poole

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