Children dig deep to discover nature

Gary Wilson, 44, and his son Harry, 14, from Stainforth, enjoyed an educational activity day organised by Core Children's Services at Clumber Park, where they did a spot of bug hunting.

Gary Wilson, 44, and his son Harry, 14, from Stainforth, enjoyed an educational activity day organised by Core Children's Services at Clumber Park, where they did a spot of bug hunting.

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A GROUP of young disabled people got up close to nature as part of an educational activity day.

The event, organised by Core Children’s Services (CCS) and Doncaster Council, offered children the chance to explore outside and learn more about nature at Clumber Park.

The group took part in pond-dipping and bug hunting as well as a picnic in the 4,000 acre park.

Kitted out with wellies and fishing nets, the youngsters examined the habitat of plants and animals.

Gary Wilson and his 14-year-old son Harry, from Stainforth, were part of the group.

The 44-year-old dad said: “Being a parent of a disabled child can be stressful at times, and we are always looking for safe activities which can help support Harry in his development.

“Exploring nature and having the freedom of the outdoors is particularly stimulating for Harry.

“It’s been a really positive experience and it’s great to see him take part in a group activity. Thanks to all the staff at Core Children’s Services who have made this day so special for us.”

Jo Kirk, CCS area manager, said: “It is wonderful to see disabled children and young people extending their skills and making new friends.

“The pond-dipping and bug hunting project at Clumber Park was a brilliant opportunity for the group to interact, have fun and learn more about nature in a relaxing setting. It is through this type of initiative that we can really make a positive difference to the lives of disabled children and their families.”

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, cabinet member for young people, said: “Thanks to CCS for helping to put on this activity that certainly sounds like it was filled with lots of learning and laughter. This event is one of many activities organised over the summer for our disabled children and their families, delivered by one of a number of our partners.

“All children deserve to have a happy summer holiday packed with fun and I hope everyone had a great time.”

Core Children’s Services organises a number of activities and short-break schemes to support families with disabled children.

This summer the agency will be running 127 programmes across the UK, in partnership with various local authorities.

All activities are free.

To find out more about the services Core Children’s Services provides call: 0800 622 6114.