Craft session will benefit group

Mearns Allsorts founders Amy Barclay, CLD worker Elaine Strachan,  Ellen Thom and Debbie Reid.

Mearns Allsorts founders Amy Barclay, CLD worker Elaine Strachan, Ellen Thom and Debbie Reid.

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A Mearns group which provides a support network for families that include children with special needs is to receive a funding boost.

Mearns Allsorts was set up by Laurencekirk mums Amy Barclay, Debbie Reid and Ellen Thom, alongside Aberdeenshire Council Community Learning and Development worker, Elaine Strachan.

The aim was the provision of support and offering activities for families whose children have any kind of additional needs.

They are set to benefit from a fundraising craft day to be held this Saturday, May 17, at the Aroma Coffee House in St Cyrus, run by Jane from ‘Blue Flamingo’.

The coffee house, hosts regular craft days for children, and Blue Flamingo will donate 50% of their profits on Saturday to the group.

Mearns Allsorts’ Amy Barclay said the cafe was ‘‘very accommodating’ to children ‘with additional needs.

She added: “There is a lot of room between tables to allow for wheelchairs, and they have a quiet room if children are getting distressed.”

Amy added that the group are keen to hear from anyone with any further ideas for activities the group could organise to help families who don’t know where to start.

She said: “If anyone feels that there is not enough for children with additional support needs to do, get in touch with your ideas and we can try to help.” Anyone who wants to get in touch can contact Amy on 07590196833, or email mearnsallsorts@mail.com. Alternatively you can find the group on Facebook.