First impressions are usually right…

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First impressions are usually right…

When you arrive at your new desk and the team have already signed a welcome card and booked your first team lunch out, you know you’re onto something. When your third day is spent with some of the most incredible children you’ve ever met, you absolutely know this is the best place to be! My name is Amy, and I joined Pace’s fundraising team 1 week ago.

On Friday, I spent what can only be described as a joyful and uplifting day, observing several teaching sessions across Pace. What struck me more than anything is that the children are learning, without even knowing they’re being taught. Playing while practising their sounds; cooking lunch while building motor skills and confidence; setting up dens in one of the classrooms and learning how to support each other and socialise successfully. In just a few short hours, I got it. Teaching is so effective for these children because it’s combined together so brilliantly- the focus of a session may appear to be on the physical side of their disability but at the same time, wonders are being worked on their language skills.

I was lucky enough to observe Harry’s* session. At just 2 years old, Harry is coming in twice a week for support with his physical development as well as his speech. The swing that Harry loves so much, was an amazing device to get him practising his sounds. But it’s not just about Harry. His Mum and Grandma, were given a wealth of support during this short hour, and I really felt like the entire family left feeling so much better – physically for Harry after his physio and speech therapy, and emotionally and physically for his devoted Mum and Gran.  It was like a small weight had been lifted and they had vital tools to support Harry not just over the next week but over the coming weeks, months and years.

Such expertise, delivered so calmly and effectively by Pace’s team, is really making a difference and the first thing I said to my husband that evening was ‘I really want to raise a whole heap of money for this place!’ I really hope I do.

To be continued…

*real names have been changed

 

Amy Billington

Direct Marketing Fundraiser, Oct 2018

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