Mum urges parents to support ‘life-changing’ youth club

Elizabeth Farr, 7, who has a condition called dyspraxia. Her mum Amanda has praised a Papworth Trust Club which has changed her life
Elizabeth Farr, 7, who has a condition called dyspraxia. Her mum Amanda has praised a Papworth Trust Club which has changed her life

A mum has said her daughter’s life has been transformed since she began attending a club aimed at youngsters with additional needs.

Elizabeth Farr, seven, of Corby, has dyspraxia, a condition which affects her movement and co-ordination.

Her mum Amanda admits she has had a very difficult time with Elizabeth, who has a number of additional needs because of the condition.

But Amanda says Elizabeth’s life has been transformed partly because of the help of a specialist youth club run in Kettering by an organisation called the Papworth Trust – and she is urging other parents or families in the same position to give them a try while there are still places available.

As well as dyspraxia, which affects her movement and co-ordination and makes it hard for her to do things such as tie her shoelaces, Elizabeth also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities and often has very long temper tantrums. Amanda, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “Elizabeth goes to a weekly youth club run by disability charity the Papworth Trust in Kettering, where she has a go at everything from cooking and street dance to bowling and circus skills.”

The Papworth Trust runs the club on Saturday mornings at Melton Street Community Centre in Kettering and at Swanspool Pavillion in Wellingborough.

There are places available for young people with additional needs aged 11 to 17. For more detals call 0800 9525000 or email info@papworthtrust.org.uk.

‘Club lets Elizabeth just be a little girl’

Mum Amanda Farr said the Papworth Trust-run club has allowed her daughter the freedom to “just be a little girl”.

She added: “She could not go to the standard, normal youth club because she is that little bit different.

“But at the Papworth Trust club no-one was going to be mean to her.

“There are people there who know how to deal with her behavioural problems. She can just scream and run around, and just be a kid.”

Amanda says the club also gives her some valuable respite.

She added: “It is a few hours where I can come home and do what I have got to do and not even worry about her.

“I know she is fine and everyone there is looking after her.”