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Natalie was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder. Her parents were confused and scared by the news and were unsure about what to expect.
Norwood Child Development Advisor and Social Worker
Their doctor put them in touch with a Norwood Child Development Advisor and Social Worker who provided them with essential support and guidance.
When she was three years old, Natalie started going to Unity, Norwood’s recreational scheme for children with disabilities.
Buckets & Spades Lodge
At six, Natalie was strong enough to go to Buckets & Spades Lodge, Norwood’s short break service for children with disabilities. Whilst Natalie is there, her parents are able to enjoy the simple pleasures that most people take for granted. They get a break from being full-time carers, from difficult and stressful morning routines - and they get a full night’s sleep. It also means that they can spend more time with their younger son and give him that bit of extra attention he so seldom receives.
Both Unity and Buckets & Spades recognise the enormous strain on parents caring for children with disabilities. They provide them with welcome relief, enabling them to focus on other areas of their lives.
They also give Natalie the chance to laugh, play, interact with other young people and have fun. When she arrives, she races in without looking back. And by the end of her stay, she’s brimming with happiness as if she has just returned from a wonderful holiday.
Natalie is now 16 years old. She will always have very high support needs owing to her severe physical and learning disabilities. Norwood’s specialist services provide Natalie and her family with a crucial lifeline.
When she arrives, she races in without looking back. And by the end of her stay, she’s brimming with happiness as if she has just returned from a wonderful holiday.