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Educate, Empower, Enable – in Action

Crosby Soroptimists recently invited speakers from two local organisations to visit the Club.

Both Fun4Kidz and Peterhouse School received donations from the Soroptimists’ 2021-22 fundraising efforts.

Debbie Stephens is Executive Officer of Fun4Kidz. This charity was originally set up in Netherton to provide out-of-school clubs for local children.

From the outset Fun4Kidz has worked within the community and alongside families to develop services that meet specific needs. Its welcoming and listening ethos has seen the charity grow. Fun4Kidz now provides activities for over 850 children per week.

The charity encourages local people to voice their wishes, plan, organise and carry out their projects. The L30 Community Centre is, therefore, an activity hub and resource for residents of all ages.

Lesley Fleming is Autism Lead Practitioner at Peterhouse School, Southport. This is a non-maintained specialist school for children and young people aged 5 to 19 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition.

The school works with the children as individuals, looking for their strengths and skills. Pupils’ expectations are supported, and their self-esteem can grow. Lesley has a fund of stories about the children’s achievements.

Partnership with the families is key to the school’s approach. Autism is seen not as a disability but definitely as an opportunity.

It was clear that both speakers are passionate about their organisations. Their work is people-centred – personal – life-changing. Through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities their organisations’ values match those of Soroptimist International.