One big family for disabled children

Lizzy Toms, charity founder
Lizzy Toms, charity founder

A project that provides support and activities for families with disabled children is looking to expand into the Ribble Valley.

The AllTogether Social Trust is based in the enterprise centre at BlackburnRovers, and thanks to help from Enterprising People in Ribble Valley is now a registered charity.

Founder Lizzy Toms said: “Although we want to expand into the Ribble Valley we will not be competing with other providers. We want to work with them and complement what is already there.”

AllTogether encourages families to socialise together through a range of activities, and at the same time the parents and carers receive support, a bit of ‘me time’ and the chance to discuss any issues.

Lizzy, 31, from Blackburn, has three children and her older son has mentalhealth problems.

She said: “I set this up in September 2011 based on my family experiences because I have seen what impact it can have on the whole family. At the time I could not find a club with a social aspect that incorporated the whole family.

“I wanted something that everybody could go to but there was nothing under the same roof.”

Twenty people came for the first session, and AllTogether now has 180 members.

Funding has been secured from Sport England to introduce an archery club, table tennis will be starting soon and the adults’ group is supported by Big Lottery funding.

Enterprising People associate Dilys Day got involved with the project last September and steered Lizzy through achieving charitable status, which was granted in March.

For more information visit www.alltogetherclub.org.uk or call Lizzy on 01254 841776.

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Lizzy Toms, charity founder