Success story

Dyspraxia Foundation West Norfolk, Norfolk


Members of the Dyscoverer's Club playing 'It's a Knockout'

The Dyspraxia Foundation defines dyspraxia as 'an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement' and, in many individuals, there may be associated problems with language, perception and thought. The condition is thought to affect up to 10% of the population in varying degrees. If the condition is not identified, children can experience problems throughout school life, causing increasing frustration and lowering self esteem.

Dyspraxia Foundation West Norfolk provides a Saturday Club in King’s Lynn (The Dyscoverer’s Club) for children and young people aged 4-19 with dyspraxia, together with their siblings and parents. The club provides an environment where participants can feel accepted, valued and respected, to help them to develop self-esteem and confidence away from others’ preconceptions.

In April 2010, Mars in the Community awarded a grant of £1,000 to the group to support the costs of a summer camping weekend at Trimingham camp site in North Norfolk. The weekend camp is an annual event where children and their families, with support from volunteers, enjoy games, sports and physical activities. Dyspraxia can make the sufferer appear clumsy and uncoordinated, and as a result children with the condition are often too self-conscious to participate in sports and games at school or in other mixed settings. For some, the camp is the only opportunity they have to completely relax and enjoy sports without fear of ridicule. The camp took place on 13-15 August 2010, with 85 children taking part along with 13 volunteer adults.

“This weekend gave them the chance to get active with their friends without fear of failure – a huge boost to their self esteem, confidence and long term well being”

Sheila Clarke, Administrator

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