Pathways 4 All is a registered charity which provides social and recreational activities for children with disabilities and additional needs within North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. We have recently opened the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre based in the Rising Sun Country Park, Benton, North Tyneside which allows us to offer these activities in our own dedicated building. We also offer a range of support services and social networks for children with disabilities or additional needs, and their families.
Behind the vision of our project is mother of eight and grandmother of three (soon to be four) Lynn McManus whose two youngest children have additional needs. Lynn has been a local authority Foster Carer for 15 years specialising in children with special needs. Lynn’s enthusiasm and personal commitment for this venture, has seen the concept of opening a specialist centre for children with additional needs become reality in October 2012.
Lynn is well known amongst many parents who have children with additional needs, living in North Tyneside, through her involvement in the ‘All Together Better’ Conferences. She has been fundamental in the setting up and running of a very successful special needs youth club, GR84ALL, and has also organised a host of family days and special events. From her own experiences and talking to other parents, Lynn is all too aware of the difficulty faced by many families to access community based facilities for a host of different reasons. When Lynn heard that vacant buildings were being offered to community organisations, through the Asset Transfer Process, she recognised that one of these buildings could be developed into a specialist leisure facility and a resource centre. Eagerly she submitted her ideas to the North Tyneside council for their consideration. The feedback was positive the council liked it!
Lynn has been instrumental in bringing together a committed Board of Trustees, who agreed a constitution and formed the now registered charity Pathways 4 All. Although not personally on the board (leaving that role to husband Terry), Lynn has worked tirelessly towards the ultimate goal of a fully operational centre and now focuses her work in providing the activities that the Tim Lamb Centre has to offer.