Sparkle’s Animal Meet & Greet Sessions Build Kids’ Confidence

A SPECIAL group of visitors helped bring children with disabilities or developmental difficulties out of their shells.

Sparkle, the charity partner of the Serennu Children’s Centre, offered a number of activity sessions with the help of various animals in the weekly clubs run by the charity. A and S Animal Encounters provided animals including meerkats, snakes, lizards and turtles for the sessions.

Dawn Watkins, supervisor at Sparkle, said: “They loved it, absolutely loved it. Each young person was enthusiastic about the experience.

“A youngster really came out of his shell, he would never have touched an animal before. And it boosted their confidence talking to new people.

Funding to help the centre’s projects has been provided by the Welsh Government and Newport City Council’s Winter of Wellbeing Fund.

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Sparkle offers accompanied leisure activities at the Serennu Children’s Center in Rogerstone and throughout Gwent for children and young people with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties. It also offers support and advice to children, young people and their families.


The charity’s aim is to ensure that children, young people and their families can participate in valuable childhood experiences with access to the same range of opportunities, life experiences, community activities and services than any other child and family.

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