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Colleagues volunteer at Family Fun Day

Two Trainees volunteered at the annual Family Fun Day held at Hillsborough Sports Arena held on 26 July.

In its eighth year, the event is organised by the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum and funded by Sheffield City Council and aims to support families with disabled children by providing them with an enjoyable day out. The Fun Day gives parents time to socialise and includes a wide range of activities for children to enjoy. Our volunteers Lydia McGuinness and Bradley Longford helped steward the event, to ensure it ran smoothly. Children of all ages and abilities enjoyed activities such as bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, adapted cycles, a petting zoo with exotic animals, African drumming, and sports and a science lab.

This was our eighth family fun day, and as always, it was massively oversubscribed. Almost 900 people requested tickets this year – but our budget only stretches to just over 300 guests.

We are grateful to Sheffield City Council for funding this event year after year. We stretch this funding even further by drawing on the support of our fantastic partner organisations. This year, HSBC, Henry Boot and Gripple allowed their employees to volunteer on the day, St Marie’s school and Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church lent us their chairs, sports clubs and charities ran free activities, and a fire engine dropped by. And of course, our own volunteers worked very hard to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Eva Juusola, Participation Co-ordinator, Sheffield Parent Carer Forum

Sheffield Parent Carer Forum also organises a variety of other events for parent carers. For more information, please visit