Topcats was set up in 2005 and provides support and activities for children and young people with complex needs and disabilities. The group was originally set up by local carers and parents of children with disabilities, aiming to provide respite services for families and enriching leisure activities for the supported young people, The project started as an after school club for just a few hours but has since evolved and now meets the needs of families locally by offering nine different specialised projects six days a week for 50 weeks a year. The service allows carers and parents respite time meaning they can focus on their lives, careers and spend time with the disabled child sibling which often doesn’t happen.
The grant money will go towards building a sensory play area for children with disabilities and additional needs. The area can also be used by the local community and other charitable organisations that use the space.