Children's charity submits plans to increase capacity

By Tim Aldred

25 Jan 2024

Unique Kidz Expansion Plans

A charity launched by two mums to provide care for their disabled children has grown so popular that it has now submitted plans to further expand its facilities.

Unique Kidz and Co was launched in 2009 with its first after school club, where 65 young people attended – now the charity has 187 disabled young people on their system and an ever-growing waiting list.

Now it has submitted a planning application for a two-stage project that will transform its current outside space and building.

Following months of design, pre-planning, community consultations, and gathering support from the local community, organisations, and MPs, the charity hopes to have a decision on the proposed development - designed by Lancashire based HPA Architects and Landscape Architect Laurel Truscott – by Spring 2024.

Based on Woodhill Lane, Morecambe, the first stage of the project is to be the landscaping of its field, adjacent to Acre Moss Lane, with improvements including two specialist lodges, accessible play area, cycle track, sensory gardens, and growing garden.

Works to Unique Kidz’s centre would take place during the second phase of the project and would include an extension and reformation of the internal layout to allow increased capacity and new spaces, such as sensory rooms, therapy suites and an accessible kitchen.

Jane Halpin, co-founder and trustee of Unique Kidz, said: "This project will be lifechanging; not only for the disabled young people and families that currently use our centre, but for those that currently cannot access our services to lack of space and our ever-growing waiting list of people who need our support.”

“We had some incredible feedback from the community, organisations, and MPs during our consultation process, so we’re now hoping for a positive decision on the planning application so that we can move forward with our exciting developments and crucially, Unique Kidz can support more disabled young people and their families.”

Zoe Hooton, HPA Architects director, said: "This is exactly the type of project I became an architect for. Our plans have been informed by a collaboration of extensive research in designing for differing disabilities, site visits to view best practice, but most importantly, by a series of workshops to learn from carers, teachers, parents, trustees, ecologists, and many of the young people at Unique Kidz, to understand what they would like and need for the future. We are incredibly proud to be supporting such an incredible charity.”

Enjoyed this? Read more from Tim Aldred

Latest news

1

New road will drive Fylde’s economy forward M55 To Heyhouses Link Road Opening

New road will drive Fylde’s economy forward

23 Jul 2024

2

Partington's seeks permission to build £75m leisure destination Partingtons Windy Harbour Visuals

Partington's seeks permission to build £75m leisure destination

23 Jul 2024

3

Shining a spotlight on Lancashire’s young entrepreneurs Sub36 Nominations Social 720x480

Shining a spotlight on Lancashire’s young entrepreneurs

23 Jul 2024

4

Accrington & Rossendale College goes all out to win soapbox challenge Dr John Barker from Accrington and Rossendale College in their entry for the 2024 Soapbox Challenge.jpg.jpg

Accrington & Rossendale College goes all out to win soapbox challenge

23 Jul 2024

5

Strategic marketing agency ICG celebrates 30 years in business ICG_30th_Anniversary_Photo.jpg.jpg

Strategic marketing agency ICG celebrates 30 years in business

23 Jul 2024

Bec Web Strip 980x120
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Leverage Lancashire Business View platforms

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Build your network
Improve your SEO
Gain coverage in the magazine
Sign-up
Events
Lancashire Built Environment Conference
BEC 315 X 315 Px
Networking
25 Sep 2024

Lancashire Built Environment Conference

Conference and Exhibition Centre, Winter Gardens Blackpool, FY1 1HL

08:30 - 13:00

RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers
WENDY BOWERS RISE Illustrstion copy.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Seminars
11 Jun 2024 - 04 Dec 2024

RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JR

09:00 - 16:30

Skills Bootcamp in Procurement - Cohort 1
Blue-Modern-Land-Travel-Youtube-Thumbnail-2-1024x576.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
30 Jul 2024 - 08 Oct 2024

Skills Bootcamp in Procurement - Cohort 1

Community & Business Partners CIC, Blackburn, BB2 3UA

09:30 - 13:00

Preston Freelancer MeetUp and Coworking Day
Screenshot 2024-06-13 at 13.55.10.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
30 Jul 2024

Preston Freelancer MeetUp and Coworking Day

Society1 Coworking Space, Preston, PR1 3LT

10:00 - 12:00

Chamber Breakfast Networking
Chamber Logo1.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
31 Jul 2024

Chamber Breakfast Networking

Pye Motors, Morecambe, LA3 3PF

08:00 - 10:00

Scaling your revenue: From zero to £1m in 60 months
CBP-logo LBV.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
31 Jul 2024

Scaling your revenue: From zero to £1m in 60 months

Online, Online, Online

08:00 - 09:30

Online Women's Health Clinic
clinic.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
06 Aug 2024

Online Women's Health Clinic

x, Online, x

12:00 - 12:00

International Coworking Day Open Day
1.png.png
LBV Hub Social
09 Aug 2024 - 09 Aug 2024

International Coworking Day Open Day

Society1 Coworking Space, Prestin, PR1 3 LT

10:00 - 13:00

Knowledge & Networking: Basic Digital Marketing
Chamber Logo1.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
12 Aug 2024

Knowledge & Networking: Basic Digital Marketing

Lancaster Golf Club, Lancaster, LA2 0AJ

14:00 - 13:00

Understanding Menopause
menopause.png.png
LBV Hub Webinar
15 Aug 2024

Understanding Menopause

x, Online, x

12:30 - 13:15

Sub36 Networking Event - The Bee Centre
Sub36 Socialbee Centre
Networking
15 Aug 2024

Sub36 Networking Event - The Bee Centre

The Bee Centre, Chorley, PR6 8LZ

15:00 - 17:00

Mini Networkers - Family Fun Morning
CBP-logo LBV.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
16 Aug 2024

Mini Networkers - Family Fun Morning

Community & Business Partners CIC, Blackburn, BB2 3UA

10:00 - 13:00

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more LBV116 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin