A fun packed summer for children with learning disabilities 14 April 2015 Press Release Norwood has received funding from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All to deliver 16 specialist recreational sessions for children aged 5 -11 with learning disabilities, sensory impairments and complex health needs. The sessions will run in the Summer holidays in Barnet and Redbridge. Delivered by Funsense, the sessions will immerse the children in an exciting, multisensory environment, using sound, drama, storytelling, craft and incorporating geography, history and science. They aim to encourage the development of motor skills, support cognitive development, as well as helping the children to gain confidence and express themselves. Just as importantly, having fun in a safe environment increases children’s wellbeing and self esteem. Elaine Kerr, Norwood Chief Executive said: "For some children and young people with complex support needs weekends can be lonely. It may be more difficult for them to go out, socialise, or simply have fun and play with other children. The funding we received will enable us to give these children the chance to experience something new, have fun, socialise, and develop in a meaningful, life-enriching way."