Pioneering children's centre marks birthday

Serennu Centre
Serennu staff say it's the only facility of its type in Wales Photo: Sparkle Appeal

A children's centre that supplies care and activities for young people with disabilities is celebrating its first birthday.

The Serennu Centre, based in Newport, opened in April last year. The project took 20 years of planning by the South Gwent Children’s Foundation, and caters for children and young people in the Newport, Monmouthshire and Torfaen areas.

The facility provides services such as paediatricians, physiotherapy and specialistnursing, as well as leisure and play facilities.

Today, organisers have invited families to come along and let their child try a new sport like Boccia or wheelchair football, and also arts, crafts and drama.

hydrotherapy pool
The hydrotherapy pool at the centre Credit: Sparkle Appeal

Serennu isn't the only site to provide development support for disabled youngsters, with four other centres in Wales dealing health and social care.

However, the team behind the centre says it's the only one that deals with "the physical, social and psychological needs" of a child in one place.