Youngsters Celebrate their Personal Achievements

Children Achievement Awards
CHILDREN who are regular guests at two of Reading’s children’s homes celebrated their achievements at special award ceremonies.

Youngsters who are regular visitors to Cressingham Short Breaks Unit and stay at Pinecroft residential home were joined by family and friends for the events.

The two council-run centres in Whitley held the annual get-togethers to celebrate the achievements of the young people who have a range of special needs and disabilities.

Cllr Jan Gavin, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Children’s Services, presented children with their certificates at Cressingham Short Breaks Unit on Monday 4th December.

Both centres, judged Outstanding by Ofsted, offer short break and residential stays to families with a young person, aged between five – 18 and with complex learning disabilities

Every youngster was rewarded for individual achievements ranging from improving their communication skills to listening and following instructions.

Guests also enjoyed light refreshments, cakes and a tombola, with proceeds going towards developing a sensory garden and external activities for the children.

Cllr Jan Gavin said:

“It was a pleasure to meet the children and young people and their families at Cressingham Short Breaks Unit and to hear about their achievements.

“There is such a wonderful and caring environment at Cressingham and Pinecroft and it is always a pleasure to visit and meet the staff and their young guests.”

Helena Baptista, Registered Unit Manager, said:

“Our young people have made substantial progress in all areas of their lives, thanks to the staff who work tirelessly in supporting them to reach their goals.”


David Millward

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