Substantial support from the Big Lottery Fund

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of more than £300,000 from The Big Lottery Fund – what a great start to 2016! This incredible grant will allow us to continue running our much needed recreational facility at The Phoenix Resource Centre for families with special needs children for the foreseeable future.

We now have more than 230 families registered – no mean feat considering we only opened our doors in June 2014. The grant will go towards the running costs of the facility to ensure the continuation of our incredibly valuable service.

Sian Cook comments: “I can’t describe the pleasure we have seeing families visit us on a regular basis and watching the children and their parents benefit from their time with us. This is what I set out to achieve in 2007 and it is wonderful to see it come to fruition and to know we are helping to enrich their lives. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we now know we are able to continue to offer this essential service for years to come. Their endorsement gives us tremendous credibility and provides us with a secure platform on which to build for the future.”

Swings & Smiles has, as yet, not achieved its long-term goal of having its own dedicated site. Significant effort is being put into finding a suitable site and any future fundraising will be targeted toward achieving this.