Supporting children with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties across Gwent, the park and grounds of Newport’s Serennu Children’s Centre has been highlighted by a national organisation.

 Play Wales magazine, produced by the national organisation promoting children’s play highlighted organisation Serennu’s unique holistic approach to care in that it provides treatment, information, and support as well as leisure services all under one roof. The focus is on being totally child-centred as well as offering a co-ordinated service for families. Play Wales raises awareness of children and young people's need and right to play and promotes good practice at every level of decision making and in every place where children might play. The magazine article highlighted the specialist treatment rooms and therapy facilities, Serennu’s accessible playgrounds, sensory garden, multi use play spaces and woodland walk.

These are all areas that will be the focus of Serennu’s upcoming Summer fundraiser / open day on July 31 in conjunction with Serennu’s charity partner, Sparkle.

In the article centre manager Donna Colwill said: “We go above and beyond providing treatment for the children so aim to provide family centred services to accommodate the needs of parents and siblings too. Having access to the play area before or after medical treatment means that the procedures are more bearable for children and the overall experience is positive.

“ Sparkle fundraising officer Ben Harris commented “I’m delighted that the incredible park at Serennu was recognised by Play Wales. Open to users of the centre as well as the local community we look forward to welcoming both at our fun day later this month.” Sparkle’s guiding principle is to ensure that disabled children or those with developmental difficulties and their families are fully supported to participate in valued childhood experiences and have access to the same range of opportunities, services and facilities as other children.

More information can be found about our facilities at Serennu at,

While Serennu’s upcoming summer fun day is held at the park at Serennu on Sunday July 31. Open to all, the free entry-day from 11:30 – 4pm promises to bring “all the fun of the fair” with carnival games and stalls all supported by Newport Council and the Welsh Government’s Summer of Fun more information can be found at