About Take 5 and chat – parenting additional needs
When you have a child who needs a little extra care, or presents more of a challenge, you can easily feel isolated and different. Many other parents can’t understand the anxieties and concerns that you live with.
Take 5 and chat – parenting additional needs began in March 2015 – as a Facebook Page. I hoped that it would represent a safe place for parents to be, somewhere to drop in and to help you feel less isolated. A place where you can surround yourself with people who get it.
By ‘additional needs’ we mean any extra condition that your child is living with, for example: – medical or developmental issues, physical, behavioural or emotional difficulties – or learning problems. There doesn’t have to be a diagnosis. Anything that means your child needs extra care.
By May 2015 the initial team had been trained and was ready to set up and run Café Drop-in sessions in Whitley Bay.
The Drop-in hit the ground running and we quickly became known in the area as a great place to be. Our hot drinks and homemade cakes created the café atmosphere we wanted, it’s a simple but effective idea! We run fortnightly, all year around, including school-age children during the school holidays.
We are now encouraging others to set up and run Café Drop-in Sessions in accessible community buildings for the sole purpose of providing support and encouragement to those parenting/caring for children with additional needs.
This web site is a place where you can find out more about our Café Drop-in model, read articles from other parents, see a little about the parent-led courses we run and, if you wish, get in touch with us.
Looking forward to meeting you when you drop in