Over 150 children and their families from Skipton and Craven were invited to attend the first ‘SELFA Celebration’, an evening to celebrate the achievements they made during this academic year at after school clubs.
One parent said:
“My son has come on in leaps and bounds since beginning his sessions with SELFA. They have helped him develop from a shy awkward boy into a confident outgoing young man.”
Many of the children were there to celebrate specific awards that they had been working towards. A few examples are: SELFA Starters (a club for reception aged children) completed a Balanceability course to learn how to ride a bike, SELFA Youth Seniors (a youth group for those aged 14-19) achieved an Arts Award by learning to create graffiti work to display locally, and SELFA Saturday Club (a weekend club for SEND children who need additional support) worked towards a CREST Award by completing science-led activities.
After their child received an award, a parent commented:
“SELFA is like a second family for my children. They include and ensure disadvantaged local children feel a sense of belonging.”
The event was held on Friday 21st June at The Skipton Academy, who regularly offer SELFA their support and use of facilities during term-time and the school holidays. There were three ceremonies to celebrate the different groups that SELFA supports: Primary, Youth and SEND. These were followed by a buffet tea and a disco by DJ Martyn Crofts, who kindly volunteered his time and equipment especially for the SELFA Celebration.
Chief Officer, Emma Pears said:
“We had a fantastic evening at our first ever SELFA Celebration event, it was wonderful to see all our children and families come together as part of the fun-packed evening. We were all bursting with pride at their achievements and it was great to see how everyone has grown in confidence and become more independent over the last year. Many thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting the event, which wouldn’t have happened without them.”