Dream Scheme children celebrate Christmas
Published by RichardBrown for The Regenda Group in Communities and also in Education, Housing
Father Christmas with Kim Blackmore, aged 16 (back), Elesse Handley, aged 10 (front) and Regenda Project Manager, Angela Welch.
30 children in Fleetwood were treated to an early Christmas present as they were invited to a special Christmas Party at Farmer Parr's Animal World.
The children enjoyed a buffet tea and disco before visiting Father Christmas in his grotto and being given the chance to feed real live reindeer that were poking their heads through his window.
After chatting with Father Christmas, each child received a present before being taken to look at the fantastic ‘Winter Wonderland’. The barn was completely transformed into a glittering snow scene, including a ski slope, fir trees, a bridge over a river, and snowmen.
The event organised by North West housing provider Regenda, involved children aged 8-14 from Wyre 'Dream Schemes' who get together once a week to take part in activities which include art, crafts, IT, baking, music and dancing, as well as planning projects in their community. The children earn points each time they attend and these are saved up to put towards trips of their choice.
Angela Welch, Project Manager at Regenda said; "The children had a great time and absolutely loved the presents they got from Father Christmas. It was a great way for everyone to get into the spirit of Christmas and a lovely reward to the children for helping out in their neighbourhood".
This year Regenda introduced a recognition scheme for volunteers and Dream Scheme members at West View and Broadwater. The volunteers had to nominate the ‘Best Dream Scheme member’ and the children had to nominate their ‘Best Volunteer’ for 2012. The winners were presented with certificates and vouchers at the event.
About the event, sixteen year old Kim Blackmore who won Best Dream Scheme member for Westview said: “I've loved everything at the party, especially feeding the reindeer! I like the Dream scheme and I always try my best at all the activities.”
Elesse Handley, aged 10, who won Best Dream Scheme member for Broadwater added: “The party was fun and I liked it when the winners names were read out. I really enjoy going to the Dream Scheme as you get to make some great things which develops my artistic skills.”
The children voted Glen Watson as their Best Volunteer for Westview and Brenda Duggan for Broadwater.
The main aim of the Dream Scheme is to integrate and break down barriers between the young people and the community. It also aims to change the behaviour and attitudes of the children, build up confidence, teach them new skills and involve them in local community initiatives.
The schemes are run by volunteers and are funded by Regenda.