support for families...

Sparkle supports children and young people from Gwent with a disability and/or developmental difficulty by providing facilities and activities for recreation, leisure, sport and family engagement.
We are here to help support you and your family and help your child to access the same range of opportunities, activities and life experiences as other children.
These activities and services are available to families living in Newport, South Monmouthshire or Mid/South Torfaen who have a child aged under 18 who has a diagnosis (or is undergoing assesment) of a disability and/or developmental difficulty.

Jayne Jones, Family Liaison Officer


Jayne is Sparkle’s Family Liaison Officer and is based in the Family Information Area at the Serennu Centre.
She is always on hand as a first point of contact for families and can help with enquiries about the services and leisure activities at the Serennu Centre and within the local area. As a mum of a teenage son with Cerebral Palsy, Jayne can guide and support families to navigate the ‘system’, signpost to the correct professionals and help to coordinate appointments, as well as offer support with form filling, such as for Disability Living Allowance.

“Being able to help the children and families that use the services provided by Sparkle is a wonderful feeling. Every one of them is a special person.”   
- Jayne Jones, Family Liaison Officer

To contact Jayne either pop in and say hello when you’re next at the Serennu Centre or email or ring 01633 748 013.

Services Sparkle provides


  Helping Hands Service: Support from a clinical psychologist on a one-to-one or group basis.
  Helping Hands Workshops: Workshops on topics chosen by parents that affect their child or family e.g. stigma or behaviour.
  Friendly Faces Parent Befriending Service: Join parents who know what it is like to have a child with a disability or developmental difficulty.
  Sibling support groups: Groups which support siblings of children with a disability or developmental difficulty.
  Family Liaison Support Service: Information, advice & someone who can liaise for you with health professionals.
  Serennu Dads Group: A group that brings together dads whose children have a disability or developmental difficulty to talk and socialise.



  Sensory room: A special room designed to stimulate or calm through sensory exhibits & toys that use senses such as touch, vision & sound.
  MediCinema: 3D cinema within the Centre for children and young people who have a disability or developmental difficulty as well as their families & friends.
  Swimming: An on-site hydroptherapy pool providing swimming lessons, family swims, toddler swims and relaxing swims.
  Clubs: A variety of play, youth and after school clubs.
  School Holiday Activities & Fun Days: Regular activities & fun days
  Trips & Residential Stays: Specialist trips and holidays. For information about all of the services and groups available please contact Jayne Jones, Family Liaison Officer.
  Serennu Dads Group: A group that brings together dads whose children have a disability or developmental difficulty to talk and socialise.


Helping Hands Service

Helping Hands Service is a joint initiative between Sparkle, the Big Lottery and Aneurin Bevan Health Board. It provides a specialist self-referral service for families (parents, carers, grandparents and siblings) of children with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties in Newport, Mid/South Torfaen and South Monmouthshire. This service offers an opportunity to think about issues that are important.


Family Liaison

Jayne Jones is Sparkle’s Family Liaison Officer based in the Family Information Area at Serennu. Jayne has always had a connection to Sparkle and Serennu Children’s Centre through her teenage son, who has Cerebral Palsy. She is extremely passionate about promoting the services that Sparkle offer because she can relate to the difference and the positive impact that this magnificent building and wonderful staff make.

Your Voice

Your Voice is a friendly group who meet every other month to discuss the Centre and our lives as parents of special children. If you attend Serennu with your child or someone you care for then this group is for you. We support each other and can make a real difference to service provision at Serennu as our views are fed directly to the Serennu Executive Group. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day and enjoy some free biscuits too!

Newport Autism Support Group

Newport Autism Support Group is a support group for Parents, Carers and Grandparents of children or young people who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Newport. We invite various speakers to our meetings including Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and other agencies. We are a very friendly, informal group and if you feel that we could support you then please come along and join us.

T:21 Dragons

T:21 Dragons is a support group for parents of children with Down Syndrome. We are here to support and help each other over a cup of tea or coffee



what they say about Sparkle...

“Sparkle are like a family to us. They have done so much for Lily and Lauren and helped make life better for all of us.”
Sarah Amos, Mum of Lily & Lauren
“Sparkle are a lifeline for our son Coby & our family. They make our lives happier & easier by giving us support, advice & a wonderful, safe environment for Coby to feel at home in.”
Tracy Stanford, Undy