Welcome to our review series, this time we get to review a youth club based in Oldham. When I say we, I mean myself and my daughter Ellie who has Down Syndrome. Therefore we try to see how inclusive and accessible these places are. Why Mahdlo, read on?
I recently saw Mahdlo advertise an activity for children with additional needs on a Down Syndrome community page https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dswestpennine%20registered%20charity%201140539&epa=SEARCH_BOXand began to investigate immediately as I still can’t decide whether more facilities are needed or if they are out there and simply not being shared. Thus I went along for a visit with Ellie to get a feel for the place and here is our review.
The Building Review
The building is currently undergoing some work with extra space being added for more facilities which is brilliant. However, there is no parking outside, which needs to be addressed but if you hold a blue badge you can park on nearby streets and the main road. The building itself is over two floors with lots of rooms for various activities and has a cafe on site. The cafe is ideal for parents to grab a coffee or a quick lunch when the children are accessing the activities. It is a spacious building and the ground floor was extremely wide with enough room for several people to walk through at once.
The Activities Review
There are lots of activities at the centre for both children with and without additional needs and all be accessed via the website
The one that caught my attention was the family afternoon which is every week on a Sunday for families with additional needs. Check out these pictures as I was openly in awe of everything that was going on, from climbing, to trampolining to cooking. There was nothing missing.
The Staff Review
The staff were both welcoming and friendly which is what you would like to see when visiting new places with a child with additional needs. There were several staff available in all the different areas at all times so you could easily get advice, support and the children were fully supported. There was a lovely lady called Amy who was due to have a baby within days and actually got on the trampoline with Ellie to guide her so she was safe.
We even had a chat about atlanto-axial instability which showed their knowledge and I shared this link with them for further guidance https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/for-families-and-carers/health-and-well-being/neck-instability/
Amy Taylor, the Ability Co-Ordinator met myself and Ellie on the day and gave us the guided tour. I appreciated that she spoke to Ellie and not over her, she included her when she could and even asked for a high five at the end.
I cannot wait to go back to this centre and get Ellie fully involved. The membership is £5 annually plus 50p a visit or you can pay as you go for as little as £1.00. It’s only 20 minutes outside of Bury and I really wish every council had one of these sites available to allow access for those that cannot drive.
Please do message myself or Amy if you would like any further questions answering and keep me posted if you go for a visit.
If you have enjoyed this review and would like to see our review of our caravan holiday this year, check out https://pamelar8.sg-host.com/2019/08/14/a-trip-to-wild-rose-caravan-park-with-ellie/
My goal is to get as many inclusive events and activities shared on social media to help other parents with children with additional needs stay informed. If you would like me to come and offer a review of your place, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently I found out I was listed in the Top 100 bloggers about Down Syndrome https://blog.feedspot.com/down_syndrome_blogs/ so there will be plenty more blogs coming from me. To stay tuned, follow the blog.
Until Next Time and as always thanks for reading.
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