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Children and Families from Nottingham and Heanor Family Support Hubs came together for a Christmas party at The Pirate’s Playcentre in Sherwood, Nottingham last week. The party was a great success and was attended by 16 children and their families.

The children were able to play freely on the soft play equipment, take part in Christmas crafts and share the party food. There was a visit from Father Christmas who gave each of the children a selection box.

This marked the end of the first year for the family support hubs, where parents and carers can get advice and support and meet with other families whilst activities are provided for the children.

“We have received a lot of fantastic support from a number of volunteers throughout the year which has increased our capacity and proved extremely valuable. We would like to thank them for their time and commitment and wish them and the children and families who have attended a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” adds Ben Rodgers from Autism East Midlands.

The Hubs provide a regular meeting point for families affected by autism, where they can access activities for children, as well as gain support, specialist training and advice.These are drop-in sessions, held at locations in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, where the whole family can attend, no booking is required. This project is funded until August 2018 thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, with the possibility of extension if further funding becomes available.