A charity that supports children and young people with severe learning disabilities has been awarded funding of £15000 thanks to The Masonic Charitable Foundation that supported 300 charities sharing £3 million.

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation and we pride ourselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities.

Our services not only provide our children with amazing new experiences, but they also enable the families of our children to have some much needed respite from the round-the-clock care they usually have to provide.

We work with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, from our base in Chessington Surrey, and we currently support around 100 families each year.

Our skilled team of play workers meet regularly to discuss how Yorda Adventures can best look after each of the children and young people that we support.

The team plan behaviour strategies, discuss play ideas, plan activities and review health and safety issues and policies to ensure they provide the best possible service at all times.

They also maintain up to date information about each of the children and young people that attend our projects, so there is a consistent, bespoke plan to meet their individual needs.

Laura Smyth CEO of YORDA said” We are delighted to receive the £15000 Masonic Charitable Foundation Award following the public vote.

I was pleased to show David Olliver and John Balchin from the Surrey Province around our facility to showcase our work and to explain how the money will be spent.”

Photo shows: Laura Smyth CEO (left) and her staff with Surrey Brethren (l-r) Tony Mills Surbiton Lodge, David Olliver, Paul Cook Surbiton Lodge and John Balchin

Yorda Adventures – www.yordaadventures.co.uk

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