Happy Days is a charity that works with local communities across the UK to help Children and their families with respite breaks. They come from many different backgrounds and cultures and suffer many different conditions including learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, emotional challenges and those with acute, chronic or life limiting illnesses. They also help young people who have been abused or neglected, witnesses domestic violence, been bereaved or act as carers for a parent or a sibling. In September we made a grant so that children could enjoy the wonder of the theatre. Ryan Sinclair, Chief Executive of Happy Days takes up the story.
“115 children from Burgess Hill and surrounding areas aged 11 to 18 who have social, emotional and mental health needss and other medical conditions watched a show called “Sleeping Beauty” performed by a visiting theatre group. Our young people benefited hugely from having a visiting performance which for many was a first as they are unable to go on trips because of anxiety, transport, cost or other specific needs.
Performing arts students were able to use this experience in their drama lessons to create their own pantomine. Others were helped with their Arts Award qualification. This event created a buzz among the young people who continue to talk about the panto with anybody who will listen.
These opportunities help with sensory awareness and improve social and communication skills. Let’s not forget the fun and excitement.”
Charities such as Happy Days provide a great service and often go under the radar. Broadening challenged young people’s life experiences helps with personal development but also brings great joy. Happy Days – what a great name for a charity.