Group will be a ‘safe space’ for Portlethen parents

Children from the Safe Space group during their Christmas party.
Children from the Safe Space group during their Christmas party.

A group in Portlethen, for families who have children with additional needs, has reached out to invite parents in the community to get involved.

Safe Space was set up in November 2013 by a group of parents of children with additional needs.

Member Lisa Main said: “These include autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and verbal dyspraxia, but it’s really for all children with additional needs. We have 30 members so far and have 10 to 15 member regularly attending our monthly meetings.”

As well as the monthly meetings, there is an after-school club held every Wednesday from 3.45 to 5.30pm during school term time and play sessions during the school holidays, all held at Portlethen Academy.

Play sessions are free, you just need to bring a packed lunch, and after school club costs £1 per child. These meetings, clubs and play sessions are there for the whole family and are regularly used by siblings too.

Lisa added: “Our children range from three years old up to teenagers. It’s a chance to meet other parents who are in the same boat and who are willing to offer support and advice and a good laugh.”

Anyone who wants to find out more can look up the group on their Facebook page, Safe Space, or email lisaburgess776@hotmail.co.uk.