Project information

Wirral Resource Centre and Toy Library

To provide sessions specifically designed for children with additional needs, to improve movement and coordination,
To bring together the needs of the child, through liaising with physiotherapists and other health professionals and incorporating into a specialist play therapy session,.

This is an on-going project

Charity information: Wirral Resource Centre and Toy Library

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  • Need


    Ensuring that children with special/additional needs can access early interventon with fully trained staff, giving a specialist environment for families who feel they can not access universal services (Children Centre)


    Wirral Resource Centre will provide early intervention play therapy to children with additional/special needs in a safe non-judgemental environment, offering support, guidance and respite for parents/carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide opportunities for children to receive support in line with their child's development needs


    » Fully trained specialised staff, who liase with other health professionals.
    » Provide transport to families to access the Centre when needed.
    » Massage sessions available,
    » In purpose built centre.

    What success will look like

    We demonstrate that we provide support by the demand for the sessions. As well as the feedback from families who access the Centre informing us of the need of the services.

    Aim 2

    To provide excellent play centred activities, experiences and support


    » Specialised play equipment
    » Structured play activities to encourage movement.
    » Liase and consult with professionals to ensure that we can enhance/promote their work ensuring the children access the appropriate services.
    » One to one care, and support.

    What success will look like

    Success will be.demonstrated by the child's individual aims and targets, which will be monitored through reports, parents feedback and picture evidence.

    Aim 3

    We assist in providing advice and support for parents and families.


    » Provide lounge and coffee facilities were parents/carers can relax and talk, and exchange infomation.
    » Staff are trained to give advice and guidance to families.
    » To offer training to parents/carers on speech, physio and other aspects of caring for a child.

    What success will look like

    Families attending the Centre, receive updates periodically regarding support services. Feedback from other agencies. Leaflets and literature available at the Centre.

    Aim 4

    Provide inhouse training to student health professionals.


    » Visits to Centre to gain knowledge and experience of working with the children and their families.

    What success will look like

    We are accessed by students from the Primary Care Trust and universities who recognise the invaluable experience and knowledge the students can gain from working at the centre

  • Impact


    To increase the amount of children able to access the service, by increasing number of specialist staff. Help to limit isolation / barriers families can experience. Demonstrate the success by reducing waiting lists, and therefore increasing the amount of families we can support. Feedback from Health Professionals and families.


    This is an ongoing project, and has been running for many years, lack of funding is the main risk, however, we have increased our fundraising activities and also raising profile to attract more benefactors, to overcome this. risk.


    Donors will receive periodic reports, on the progress of our work, including feedback from parents and professionals. Pictures and monthly newsletter keeping up to date with fundraising activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,307

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,307 Specialist Play Therapy 144 Specialist Physiotherapy Sessions per year.
  • Background


    Purpose built centre which was erected in 1991, the building work was funded through donations and fundraising.
    Children attending the Centre, all live in the Wirral Wirral is one of the most deprived areas in the Country and is in the bottom 20% nationally.
    The Wirral has one of the highest levels in the Country of households with disabilities and special needs.


    The project will provide a early intervention service to families who's children have been formally diagnosed or are demonstrating traits or behaviours. All the family will benefit, through the children receiving specialist play therapy, with input from health professionals. Parents/carers having a respite, while interacting with other families in a similar position, in a non-judgemental environment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a unique organisation who provide Early Intervention services for families of children who have been identified or in the process of being identified as having a disability.The Centre has 43 years of experience, knowledge in supporting families and children with special needs. We are recognised by local statutory services as playing a vital role in enhancing/promoting their work. We have great purpose built facilities, transport and fully trained experienced staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cheryl Hayden Nursery Supervior

    Nursery Supervisor, organises play therapy sessions, liaising with physios and parents, tailoring play to incorporate input from physios.

    Wendy Perryman -Administration/Fundraising

    First contact with families. Fundraising. Ensuring that records are kept up to date and comply with legislation.

    Nicci Prince - Volunteer

    Volunteer in Nursery, working closely with the children. Welcoming to families, allowing them to feel at ease.