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New Opening times For Indigo

Indigo opens up the doors to our new premises on Tuesday 10th November at 5.30pm.  Entrance is in between the Ashfield District Council Offices and East Midlands Carpets on Watnall Road in Hucknall.  Please email us at [email protected] if you require any further information.  We hope to soon have photographs on the website and Facebook so that the children can see where they will be coming for Kids clubs.  The last kids club will be Thursday 17th December and we will reopen in the new year.  We are really excited about our new premises and have lots of great plans in the pipeline so please check back on our website or see the staff for updates at kids clubs.

 During the week we are currently open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the daytime between 10am and 1pm, parents are always welcome to pop in for a cuppa and chat with us during these times.

Indigo Moves to New Home

Indigo Kids has a new address, we are now based on the first floor at the old town hall in Hucknall.  This offers a much larger indoor space for the children to play. We are currently closed to set everything up so please check this website for updates.Our telephone lines may be out due to our move so if you need us please contact us via our Facebook page or email at [email protected]  Thank you for your patience.

Closure threat for Indigo Kids

Autistic charity Indigo Kids in Hucknall have won the Queens Award

A Hucknall charity which offers a ‘lifeline’ to families hit by autism is threatened with closure.

In the same month Indigo Kids received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service – the highest prize for a voluntary group in the UK - the charity also learned it has until October to find new premises after a bid to buy their old Beardall Street School premises failed.The charity, which was founded by chairman Sarah Seaton in 2007, is run by the parents of children with autism and supports families in a similar situation.

She said: “We are currently looking locally for somewhere to move. We knew that we only had a year’s lease and we had been working to get funding to buy it. We put a bid in but we weren’t succcessful.

“On one hand the Queen’s Award is great but we also have this. It’s bittersweet - we are told that we are doing a great job but we are not allowed to stay.”

A pre-school has brought the building which the charity has converted over the last year to include a full cafe, a charity shop, offices and playrooms, and a fully functioning nursery. The charity runs two kids clubs per week which sees more than 80 children with autism and similar conditions attend.

Sarah said: “We will have to dismantle it all. It will cause disruption we will have to get the children used to everywhere again. We are reliant on the parents to help us move all the equipment unfortunately.

Sarah says the new premises must ‘have quite a lot of room as some children with autism like to run up and down.’ She added: “We need to be able to leave our equipment - so the kids aren’t upset by moving things around.”She warned that if no suitable alternative could be found, the charity may be forced to leave Hucknall.

“Some parents are saying it’s their lifelione without it - they had no one to talk to. Here there are a whole host of people who are experiencing the same sorts of things. We need somewhere where parents can get peer to peer support during the day clubs.”

Indigo Kids is currently trying to negotiate to stay on longer in the Beardall Street site.

Sir John Peace, Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, visited the charity last Friday to present the award.

Sarah said: “It was a nice day - everybody enjoyed it. I think it brought back to the volunteers how much they do.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 as part of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. It is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups.

The school on Beardall Street began operating in 1872 - just two years after the Education Act of 1870 introduced a system of ‘school boards’ - locally elected bodies which drew their funding from the local rates to manage the non-denominational schools.

In July last year, the school closed its doors for the last time and a new school, Beardall Fields, was built elsewhere in the town to replace it.

Indigo had its official opening ceremony on December 11 2014 at the Beardall Street site, and Notts County footballers Alan Smith and Haydn Hollis did the honours of cutting the ribbon.

The charity is run entirely by parents ‘who have children with autism who work extremely hard to ensure that the service will continue well into the future’.

The charity says: “With over 500 children on the books and offering two kids and youth clubs per week, an autism tots group, autism karate lesions, Lego therapy sessions and advice, advocacy and signposting for parents, it is a one stop shop for all autism related matters; their next project is developing services for young adults.”

Indigo now have a new premises which is located on the upper floor of The Old Town Hall, 3A Watnall Road in Hucknall. The children have now settled into our new setting and are enjoying the new facilities especially our soft play area.

                            INDIGO CHAIR WINS AWARD

 

 Congratulations to Sarah Mark Seaton on getting a 'Women of Influence award'. This was presented to Sarah at an awards ceremony last night at The Belfry Hotel. Sarah will be featured in the Nottingham Post shortly, so keep an eye out for her. Well done to Sarah from everyone at Indigo.

 

 

Nottingham's Women of Influence honoured at ceremony

 

 

 

WHEN Sarah Seaton’s son Luke was diagnosed with autism at the age of five, she was given faded photocopied leaflets and told to come back in six months.

“There is a void in front of you – you don’t know what to do or where to turn,” said the mother-of-five, who lives in Hucknall with husband Mark, 50, a maintenance manager.

Sarah worked her hardest to try to fill a fragment of that void by setting up a group for parents, like herself, called Indigo Kids. Since 2007 the small group has gained momentum and now reaches out to more than 200 families across Notts and parts of Derbyshire.

In recognition of Sarah’s enormous achievement, she was honoured at the Women of Influence awards ceremony and presented with £3,100 to develop the project

“It’s nice because it’s confirmation that what you do is achieving good things. There is no reward in any shape apart from helping other people,” said Sarah, who quit her job teaching local history as demand for Indigo Kids grew, devoting all her time for free.

The 100 guests at the ceremony at the Belfry Hotel in Nottingham were told of her achievements. Last year Indigo Kids took ownership of its own premises, with 15 rooms, in Beardall Street, Hucknall.

The group runs clubs for toddlers and children aged four to ten, ten to 13 and 13 to 16. There is a sensory room and a playroom with big inflatables, trampoline, Wii and Lego.

And importantly, it is somewhere parents at their wits’ end can turn to for help.

Sarah, who fought for her son to attend a specialist school, helps other parents appeal against local authority decisions. Luke, 14, had to attend a mainstream junior school but is now a pupil at a specialist school in Derbyshire.

Sarah, 48, said: “It takes most of my week. It’s almost a 24-hour job when parents are going through a tribunal and there’s mounds of reports and you have to build up a case for parents.

“I do it because I was successful in getting my son into the right school for him. I saw the benefits, so I want other parents to.”

Luke is progressing well. He didn’t take SATs at junior school but now he’s hoping to sit GCSEs.

“The school has speech therapists and occupational therapists. It just goes to show that having all of that can make a real difference to a child,” said Sarah, whose other four children are grown-up.

Luke, who said “it’s really great” that his mum won, has a gift for making clay models and his ambition is to work in animation. His collection includes Wallace and Gromit, Batman, Lindsay Lohan and his own creations which have been exhibited.

Sarah was nominated for the award by Helen Oldershaw, a volunteer at Indigo Kids, who has 13-year-old twins, Daniel and Lucy, with complex special needs, including autism.

“It supported me as a parent, directing me where to go for help and advice. You take on social care, education, the medical side and sometimes you don’t know which way to turn.

“Sarah has worked tirelessly all this time with little recognition,” said Helen, of Newthorpe, who was a guest at the ceremony with the charity’s vice-chairman, Chris Shaw. The money will be used to train parent volunteers to expand their skills and help more families.



 

ASDA cash for the community award     2014

Indigo kids won the Asda cash for the community award, £200 total. Thank you to everyone for placing your votes in our box.  

 

 More pictures in the gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing Collection

Indigo are having another clothing collection, please bring your unwanted clothes to our premises. Old or good condition. Good clothes we can sell, old go to a rag company in exchange for funds. All funds go back into Indigo Kids Clubs.

We have done two previous collections in the past and raised over £300 collectively.

Thank you

Hucknall Christmas Tree festival and carnival

 

 December 3rd was Hucknall carnival and Christmas tree festival.

Pictured is the tree presented by Indigo Kids, which won the vote for the children's trees. The decorations were made by some of our kids at kids clubs.

Indigo also had a stall at the carnival where we raised monies selling Christmas stockings for your Christmas trees, made by some of our volunteers and flashing lights, always popular with the kids. We raised over £200  in the two hours.

Thank you to all involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talks for parents during kids club sessions.

 

We are holding talks aimed for parents whilst the kids are at club on Wednesday evenings. The talks will be in our training room if you wish to listen in or you can just relax in the foyer if the topics are not what you are looking for. Refreshments provided.

 

 Here we have Wendy Storrs from Parent Partnership Service, who came along to talk to parents August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        

 

 We are looking into setting up more talks for parents now the new school year is back in focus.

 

 

 

                                                  

 

 

 

 

Another Indigo Kid as mascot at the Notts County FC game

 

 Keaton Knighton was mascot at the Notts County FC game Saturday 24th August 2013.

He had a brilliant day and loves his new kit. Well done Keaton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notts County FC vs Basford Hall College FC charity Game.

 

A staff team from Notts County Football Club played Basford Hall college Football Club at Notts County ground, Meadow Lane, Wednesday evening 15th May 2013.

The annual staff game is to raise money for a chosen charity. This year it was Indigo Kids.

The game raised over £500 for our group. Indigo Kids would like to thank both teams for their time and the money they have raised will benefit our children, as it is going towards our garden project to make it a fun, safe environment for them.

 Pictured are the Notts County team, and game photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Representatives from indigo Kids that attended the game.

 Claire, a kids club volunteer, Michelle, a mum and our vice chair, Sean an Indigo Kid, Tina, mum to Sean and secretary, Natalie a mum and Joe a sibling. Two other siblings also attended, Sean's sister and Michelle's daughter.

 

 Michelle's sons could not attend and Natalie's son was at our Wednesday evening youth club.