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Popular Hartlepool support group plans expansion as it enters its 33rd year – and you can help

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jan 7, 2022

The Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group (HSNG) already has around 100 families on its membership registers and it offers everything from multi-sensory experiences to arts and crafts.

It also has its own drama and drama troupe as well as a youth club.

But HSNSG is not resting on its laurels. It is growing and all of its clubs are open again after life under the pandemic.

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Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group who have big plans for 2022.

Support Group Trustee Jamie Allison said: “As with all charities, HSNSG has had a very difficult and strange few years. Our clubs are all open again and we are working hard to keep our members safe.

“Throughout 2022, we plan to further improve our premises to allow our groups to thrive in a secure and structured environment. As with all charities in the current climate, we are always on the lookout for fundraising opportunities and ways to raise awareness.

“We thank all of our volunteers and staff for their commitment throughout 2021 and look forward to our 33rd year of supporting families in Hartlepool and surrounding areas.”

Expansion plans include an extension to the front of the group’s resource center which is in Park Road.

Group members having fun during an outdoor activity.

Jamie added: “We have planning permission in place to allow us to extend the front of the build. This will allow us to replace our current single accessible toilet with two purpose-built fully accessible toilets. It will also allow us to have an electrically activated accessible entrance door, an accessible kitchen area and additional storage spaces. These additional storage areas will in turn expand our main hall.

“This expansion will also include a welcome reception area.”

But many interesting activities are already in place for the enjoyment of members.

The group has a multi-sensory room that encourages rhythmic movement and dancing.

One of the booming group’s circus and magic sessions.

HSNSG’s Fun Club is for kids ages 3-12 who can enjoy everything from arts and crafts to parties, as well as circus tricks and magic.

It meets on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

HSNSG also has its own performing arts section and its Constellation Stage Group is a group of members aged 13 and up who enjoy performing.

They meet at the Resource Center on a Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during school terms.

Have fun with arts and crafts at the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group.

Meanwhile, the Resource Center Friends cater to younger members aged 3-13 who also like to play and they meet at the Resource Center on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The group also has a youth club for members aged 12 and up, and it’s a place where members can hang out with their friends after school.

They can watch DVDs, play pool or the Wii, or just relax and chat with friends.

The club operates every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. only during school terms

HSNSG is always looking for volunteers/staff, college placements and new members. If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to get involved or would like to become a member, please contact us.

To find out more about Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, contact (01429) 863766, email [email protected], or visit www.hsnsg. org.uk.

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