A CHARITY in Mawdesley which supports local children with disabilities has reopened following the pandemic.
Rainbow Hub provides therapeutic services for children and young people with physical disabilities as a result of a neurological condition or brain injury.
The facility, on Salt Pit Lane, has welcomed children and their families back for the first time since March.
Staff had to close their buildings in March due to pandemic and the vulnerability of the children with disabilities they support.
Weeks of planning and changes to procedures have been put in place with a range of measures designed to keep the children safe whilst they continue the life-changing therapies.
Joanne Ashcroft, head of conductive education services at Rainbow Hub, said: “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on us all, especially the children and families who normally come to Rainbow Hub. “For most of them their usual care, respite and therapies stopped which wasn’t good for their physical or mental health.
“We did all we could to support them and their families through virtual sessions but it’s wonderful to see their gorgeous faces back at Rainbow Hub.”
The new procedures are extensive, following NHS guidance, and include all staff wearing visors in sessions with children and portable hand sanitisers.
Alice Hunter, whose daughter Emma, three, attends Rainbow Hub, said: “It is just a relief to be back – it feels like some sort of normality is returning. To have people who are interested in Emma and care about her and to be back where we belong is amazing.”
Lyndsay Fahey, interim chief executive at Rainbow Hub, said: “We are delighted that we are able to open again and welcome the children and their families. Lockdown has been particularly hard for them as they rely, not only for the therapy to improve their child’s physical health, but also for support from a team that understands the challenges of caring for a child with significant additional needs.
“It is so important to them that we continue to deliver the services that make such a difference to their lives as their needs don’t go away because there’s a pandemic.”