Springboard wins award for making a big difference to families

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 December 2019

The team from Springboard Opportunity Group with the award.

The team from Springboard Opportunity Group with the award.

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A charity that helps children with special educational needs has won a national award.

Springboard Opportunity Group has been given a Groundwork Community Award, which recognises small groups which make a big difference to the quality of people's lives.

Springboard's chief executive, Jo Harris, said: "Springboard is extremely proud to receive this award. Our team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide support for local families.

"Having a young child with special needs or disabilities is a life-changing situation and we are all fully committed to providing the best possible help for the children and their whole family.

"Some days can be very challenging, but there are always positives and feedback from parents confirms that Springboard is a vital lifeline for them.

"This award helps reinforce the message that we are here and that what we do is appreciated.'

The charity, which is based in Clevedon, supports children with disabilities and additional needs from birth to five years.

The group runs structured, specialist play and learning sessions across four centres, as well as stay and play events for families with very young children.

They work to support families who struggle to find the early support they need while coming to terms with their child's difficulties, providing a bedrock of specialist and personal support.

Parents and carers can access workshops and support groups where they can receive support from the group, plus peer-to-peer support.

The awards honour small community groups which make a big difference, but often get little recognition and support.

Groundwork's chief executive Graham Duxbury said: "I'd like to congratulate all our finalists on winning their award and thank them for being such an inspiring voice and example for local people.

"It's important that we celebrate the doers and change-makers who are working tirelessly in their communities to improve the lives of people and sustain the services that are so important to our quality of life.

"We're delighted the Groundwork Community Awards have provided a platform to showcase the amazing work that groups across the UK are doing to make their areas better places to live."

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