ABOUT US

About our Charity

PAG is a local charity for families with Special Needs children. We have a committee of 10 parents who each have at least one child with a disability. Our aim is to create more and better play opportunities for Special Needs children, in Rushmoor and the surrounding area. We do this through campaigning, fundraising and organising! We would like to share some of our success with you.

PAG For Special Play

Our ‘STATEMENT OF PURPOSE’ is: Every child has a right to play

AIMS

For play provision for children and young people with disabilities/special needs to become part of the local authorities statutory commitment.

To increase the amount of play provision for children and young people with disabilities by:

  • Raising awareness of the need to the local authority and other local providers.
  • Providing relevant information about possible play opportunities, in order to increase the knowledge of the local authority and other local providers.

AIMS

For play provision for children and young people with disabilities/special needs to become part of the local authorities statutory commitment.

To increase the amount of play provision for children and young people with disabilities by:

  • Raising awareness of the need to the local authority and other local providers.
  • Providing relevant information about possible play opportunities, in order to increase the knowledge of the local authority and other local providers.

Our Members

Ann Evans

Chairperson and Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ann is deeply committed to ensuring that young people with disability are provided with the opportunity to experience and enjoy after school activities and other social occasions.

Ann’s career has been in Nursing and retired from Health Visiting 6years ago (2008).

Working with families, Ann has gained valuable experience and insight into the stresses, difficulties and enjoyment of parenting children with disabilities, including the struggles with education and the benefit system.

Ann says “Every child has the right to play and have fun and that is my genuine commitment.”

Karen Flackett

Co-founder and PAG Treasurer

Karen has been involved with PAG from the start. Having two disabled children with varying difficulties and needs she understands the importance of having play and leisure activities for special needs children/young people and their families. Karen realises that inclusion is not always best for these young people. She hopes that PAG will continue to provide activities to build the young people’s confidence and make being part of a group of friends achievable.

Karen says “Seeing the faces of the special needs children/young people and their families’ year on year at the special performance of the pantomime is heart-warming.”

Helga Firth- Bernard

Co-founder and committee member

Helga has been involved with PAG since the origins of the group. She has served as a Hamsphire school governor at a local special school for over 6 years. Helga has two teenage sons who both have Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Along with a wealth of experinece of ASD, she brings a degree of practicality and humour to the charity. She would like to see a brighter future with more prospects for all youngsters with special needs.

Helga said “Being a member of PAG makes me feel I am making the world a little less alien to our children”.

Elena Covey

Co-founder and a Committee Member

Elena has been involved with PAG from the start and helps out with Charity and other events.  Elena is married to Andy and has an Autistic son called Kieran who is 19 years old. He used to attend some of MADD Clubs and now volunteers his service with PAG’s Music Club. Kieran also received a Volunteers Award this year (2014), for his volunteer work with PAG.

Elena says “It gives me a great satisfaction to see lots of children’s smiling faces at the end of one of our Pantomime shows. Also seeing their Parents sit back, able to relax and enjoy themselves too”.

Clare Armstrong

Parent and Committee member

Clare has been involved with PAG since 2006 when her daughter, Stacey, started at the Drama club on Tuesday evenings. Clare has since become a Committee member and enjoys supporting the MADD club sessions where she is a true representative of parents views.  Her support, life experiences and sense of humour is appreciated by the parents, tutors and young people.

Stacey has a rare, life threatening metabolic disorder and needs a cocktail of medication and specialised diet to keep her healthy. Once a very shy girl, she is now much more confident and has become a volunteer helper with the younger children at Drama. She also enjoys learning how to play the drums, keyboard and guitar in the MADD music sessions.

Clare says “PAG is like a family, accepting my daughter as a young person with potential”.

Sue Ladbrook

Committee member and PAG Secretary

Sue’s involvement with PAG began when her daughter, Francesca, attended the Dance and Drama sessions. Francesca has Down Syndrome, and since joining PAG in 2008, Francesca has encouraged other friends with special needs to join the sessions.

In 2013 Sue joined the committee and in 2015 she took on the role as Secretary.  Sue hopes that, after 30+ years working in various admin roles for Global Software Company, her experience, organisational and admin skills will add value to the team.

Sue says, “Not only has Francesca gained confidence and made some lovely friends, I have also met and enjoyed making new friends myself. It is good to feel we belong”.