About Sparkle

As the Serennu Children’s Centre’s official main charity we have to raise more than £600,000 every year to fund the vital services we support. This is only possible thanks to the very generous donations and help of the general public.

This very special centre, set in its own landscaped grounds, provides access to lots of different services and care from doctors, therapists, nurses and psychologists to social workers, family liaison officers and play workers all under one roof. This means that children don’t have to travel to lots of different places for their treatment and care, providing consistency and support to the whole family.

More than 300 children visit the Centre every week. Children like two-year-old Harri from Cwmbran who has Down Syndrome. Sadly, Harri has a number of health issues, but thanks to the support of Sparkle he and his family are able to access services and support that are helping transform their lives.

“The help and support of Sparkle has totally transformed Harri’s life. We are so grateful for everything they have done to help us as a family.”   - Claire Johnstone, Cwmbran

With your help here are some of the amazing things we are able to do at the Serennu Children’s Centre:

  provide access to psychological support for parents and siblings, family liaison support and leisure facilities.
  Activities including swimming lessons, cookery lessons and clubs for young children, teenagers and siblings.
  Access to parent support groups including a dads group and young people’s forum.
  Family activities including swimming, fun days and film screenings at the Serennu Children’s Centre’s very own 3D MediCinema.

About the Serennu Children’s Centre

The Serennu Children’s Centre opened in April 2011 providing care, treatment and activities for children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties.

Managed by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and supported by Sparkle, this state-of-the-art building provides treatment, care, information, consultations and leisure services from under one roof removing the burden on individual families & providing continuity of care.

The Centre’s guiding principle is to ensure that children with a disability or developmental difficulty and their families are fully supported to participate in valued childhood experiences and have access to the same range of opportunities, experiences, services and facilities as other children.

It does this by not only providing treatment for the child, but also family centred services to accommodate the needs of parents and siblings too, as well as onsite leisure & social facilities in a safe, supportive environment.

Facilities at the Centre include:

  Multiple consulting rooms for paediatricians to run clinics.
  Purpose built hydrotherapy pool with hoists.
  A specialist physiotherapy gym.
  Large treatment rooms for therapy & leisure activities.
  Specialist sensory, technology & audiology & speech/launguage facilities.
  Family and sibling facilities.
  Plastering, splinting and orthotic facilities.
  Specialist suite for teaching supported and independent living.
  Wheelchair training facilities.
  MediCinema for children & young people with disabilities or developmental difficulties.
  Leisure and play facilities including a sensory garden & games area.

And what we offer.....

  • A fantastic range of activities including swimming lessons
  • Regular clubs for all ages including Youth Club, Play Club, Stay & Play Club, Sibling Club, After School Club and Minecraft Club
  • Family activities including family swim sessions, family fun days and opportunities to view a film as a family at our fully-accessible on-site MediCinema
  • Access to psychology services for parents and children, family liaison support and access to parent support groups, run by parents for parents, including the Serennu Parents’ Group T21 Down syndrome group, Dads group and Newport Autism Support Group 
  • Well equipt Sensory room svailable for families to hire for sessions and parties
  • A fully accessible outside park area, sensory maze, wheelchair swing, gazebo, multi use games area and outdoor playhouse. Our specially designed disabled playground is open 24/7 for use inside and outside of centre hours.
  • Specialist and play equipment identified by therapists
  • ICT and conference facility equipment
Sparkle Appeal Sports

Sports Activities

We can help children and young people to access relevant clubs and activities within their local area.

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Sparkle Appeal After School

After School Clubs

After School Clubs are for children & young people to help them develop skills in a safe yet fun environment.

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Sparkle Appeal Whats On

Family Events

We hold four family events every year including fetes, discos and parties.

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Sparkle Family Events

Whats On

Check out all the latest events, clubs, sports and activities.

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We have a fantastic 3D MediCinema here at the Serennu Children’s Centre which shows films every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning.

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Sparkle Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

We aim to provide children & young people with a disability or developmental difficulty with a variety of activities during most school holidays.

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