Funding boost for Rainbow Rogues

Rainbow Rogues operates from Esslemont School just outside Ellon
Rainbow Rogues operates from Esslemont School just outside Ellon

A charity devoted to supporting families of children with additional needs and disabilities has been awarded a £30k grant.

Rainbow Rogues has been providing support to families of pre-school children who have additional support needs and/or disabilities in Aberdeenshire since 2005.

The charity operates from Esslemont School just outside Ellon.

The group was initially set up as part of a Surestart initiative in response to a community audit which highlighted the lack of support when a child was showing signs of a developmental delay or had been diagnosed with an additional support need or disability.

Over the years, families have reported that although the information they received from the professionals they dealt with was helpful, there was the lack of a structured system where all the information and support they needed could be easily accessed in one location.

Rainbow Rogues has been running sessions twice a week where children are looked after by highly trained play workers while parents spend time separately with a family support worker.

The group works closely with its families in order to provide whatever help they require.

It was recently awarded £30,000 from Udny Community Trust Company Limited which will enable the group to expand the support it currently offers.

From August it will run three sessions a week and will also be in a position to offer respite care throughout the school holidays.

With obtaining the extra funding and losing some families as the children move on to nurseries and schools, it is able to open its waiting list to new admissions.

The group will host a drop-in information session on Monday, July 15 from 12-2pm where members of the public will be able to find out more about the service it provides, meet the staff and tour the premises.

Any families who may benefit of the support available by Rainbow Rogues are welcome to come along.