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Children and Young People’s Services Christmas Party

30 Nov 2017

32 children with a vision impairment and their families, (some of whom had travelled from as far as Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge and York) were greeted with warm drinks and Danish pastries by the Guide Dogs’ Children and Young People’s team as they came to join us in the Tirol Suite overlooking snow covered slopes at Tamworth Snowdome.

Families were able to relax, chat to staff and other families before making their way into the Winter Wonderland experience...

During the experience children went through Santa’s snow trail – hitching a ride on a sledge and having fun playing in the snow. At the end of the snow trail was a fun, interactive Santa show which was enjoyed by all before visiting the animal village and meeting the Reindeer and other furry friends.

At lunchtime, we met back in the Tirol Suite for a Christmas buffet lunch with a great opportunity for all families to mix and chat. We had a children’s entertainer – Mr Potato, together with face painting, temporary Christmas tattoos and tactile colouring. We were also joined by two guide dog puppy walkers who came in with some very excited puppies to meet the children.

Then we were delighted to welcome a very special visitor - Father Christmas, who had sensory gifts for all the children of scented playdoh, flashing tambourines, chocolate coins and audio CD storybooks.

Father Christmas At Tamworth Snowdrome

These events are so important because not only do the families hopefully have a great time but it enables them to meet other families in a similar situation and to meet with Guide Dogs’ Children and Young People’s Services staff, who they might have only talked to over the phone, and ask about any areas of concern that they may have for their child.


A great time was had by the children and one parent wrote to say they enjoyed the party because it was:

"Nice to chat to other families and share experiences and offer support and advice. Everything was carefully planned out to make our day a special experience – a welcome break from day to day life/hospital appointments etc."