To Hug, Or Not To Hug, That Is The Question!

As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease further from Monday 17th May, one of the most looked for announcements has finally been made – hugging will be allowed! The UK Government has said that “...people in England will be allowed to hug loved ones and enjoy indoor hospitality from next Monday...”, whilst urging people to "...exercise … Continue reading To Hug, Or Not To Hug, That Is The Question!

Don’t “Go Compare!” – Milestones, Transitions And Rites Of Passage For Children With Additional Needs

Throughout the childhood and adolescence of any child there are many different kinds of milestones, transitions and rites of passage, many changes that come along, but for families of children with additional needs these can provide many opportunities for unhealthy comparison and a realisation of difference, which can sometimes be so difficult and painful.Milestones might … Continue reading Don’t “Go Compare!” – Milestones, Transitions And Rites Of Passage For Children With Additional Needs

Raised From The Dead: Lazarus

There are 37 recorded miracles of Jesus in the Bible; 37 times that Jesus did something inexplicable in any other way than that God had powerfully acted. And of course, the writer of one of the Gospels, the Apostle John, tells us that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written … Continue reading Raised From The Dead: Lazarus

Raised From The Dead: Jairus’ Daughter

There are 37 recorded miracles of Jesus in the Bible; 37 times that Jesus did something inexplicable in any other way than that God had powerfully acted. And of course, the writer of one of the Gospels, the Apostle John, tells us that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written … Continue reading Raised From The Dead: Jairus’ Daughter

Raised From The Dead: The Son Of The Widow Of Nain

There are 37 recorded miracles of Jesus in the Bible; 37 times that Jesus did something inexplicable in any other way than that God had powerfully acted. And of course, the writer of one of the Gospels, the Apostle John, tells us that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written … Continue reading Raised From The Dead: The Son Of The Widow Of Nain

Be Like Ian – Choose Kindness

Every now and then I read something that lifts my soul for the rest of the day, sometimes even for the rest of the week! Yesterday was one of those days…I was looking on the BBC website and saw the story of a mum, Natalie, and her young autistic son, Rudy, who also has a … Continue reading Be Like Ian – Choose Kindness

Ohana Means Family. Family Means No One Gets Left Behind Or Forgotten.

As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, in line with Government guidance, churches across all four nations of the United Kingdom are beginning to put serious thought into what this means for the opening of church buildings and the resumption of in-building activity, including children’s and youth work.Over the past year, some children’s and youth work has … Continue reading Ohana Means Family. Family Means No One Gets Left Behind Or Forgotten.

COVID-19 Jabs And Young People With Additional Needs

James is in his late teens, is autistic, has learning difficulties, epilepsy and anxiety, and so he came in towards the bottom end of category ‘six’ in the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group.Last week it was James’ turn to have his first COVID-19 vaccination. … Continue reading COVID-19 Jabs And Young People With Additional Needs

The Longest Lockdown – A Report From The Disabled Children’s Partnership

Research from the Disabled Children’s Partnership exposes that most disabled children still cannot access life-changing health appointments and vital therapies as a result of lockdown. This cannot go on, and there are calls for a COVID-19 recovery plan for disabled children. Disabled children deserve better. The Disabled Children’s Partnership research exposes a huge gap in … Continue reading The Longest Lockdown – A Report From The Disabled Children’s Partnership

Are You Feeling Exhausted?

We will soon be at the anniversary of the beginning of the first COVID-19 lockdown, which began with Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on the 23rd March 2020. A year on, and still in the third lockdown, every day seems the same; many of us are feeling a weariness, an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. It … Continue reading Are You Feeling Exhausted?