MORPETH and District Soroptimists started the New Year programme of club meetings with guest speaker Lynne McKillup from the Northumberland Portage Home teaching service.
This is a special home teaching service for pre-school children who are experiencing learning difficulties or where development is delayed. Its aim is to help parents to understand their child’s needs and to develop teaching skills to support their learning.
Morpeth and District Soroptimists President Elizabeth Murphy said: “I was delighted that Lynne was our January guest speaker and started off our new year programme.
“She is one of a small team of home visitors within Northumberland who work closely with individual parents and children up to the age of five and develop simple teaching activities which will help a child to achieve success.
“The service helps parents by giving them confidence to support their child’s development and helps them make informed choices and decisions. All sorts of skills and development are encouraged from feeding, playing with toys, walking, talking, right through to early reading and work with numbers.
“My theme for this year as President is ‘words matter’ and Lynne was able to share with us that early learning interventions and communication can make a very positive and effective improvement for the special needs child and their families.
“As a club we are currently involved in a number of local service projects that support families and young people in the area.
“We recently organised two very well supported fund-raising activities and raised over £800, all of which will be used to support local and national Soroptimist project work and a number of local charitable organisations.”
The Soroptimists meet twice monthly on a Tuesday at Morpeth Golf Club. For more information about the group call 01670 517699 or visit www.morpeth-soroptimists.org.uk