THE Sunshine Centre in Tilbury is a little known Thurrock Council service supporting children with disabilities as well as their families and carers.
The Sunshine Centre is for children aged up to 19 years with a whole range of needs both behavioural and physical. The centre includes a fully equipped sensory room and is for parents and siblings, as well as children with disabilities.
Cllr Sue Little, cabinet member for Children’s Social Care paid a visit to the team as part of her ongoing commitment to visit all parts of the social care service.
She said: “This week I was very proud to visit the very dedicated team in Tilbury.
“The service they offer is an important one. Families with a child with a disability can need additional support including emotional, peer, physical and respite.
“The team is simply amazing and they are doing a truly fabulous job. I had a really lovely time meeting young carers, families and young people.
“It is important we continue to offer the service not just to children with disabilities, but also be there for all the young carers we have in Thurrock. These young carers often go about their business looking after unwell parents or disabled siblings and are simply heros. They have amazing skills and empathy for others and never complain.
“They are far older than their years and so it is our duty to help where we can, and give them experiences befitting of their age.”
To find out more about the centre and its programmes visit: thurrock.gov.uk/sunshine-centre-for-disabled-children