Inspirational councillor opens venue for special needs youngsters

Stephen Green opens venue
Stephen Green opens venue

An inspirational Nuthall councillor with Down’s Syndrome, who has inspired many disadvantaged people to achieve against the odds, has officially opened a new soft play and sensory room.

Stephen Green,49,who was the first person in the UK with Down’s to be elected onto a Parish Council(Nuthall) in 2012, cut a ribbon to launch the new Rainbow Room at the Rainbow Carers Forum at the Monty Hind Training Centre in Lenton.

Sharing the moment with Stephen were Beverley Denby, the Forum’s co-ordinator, Lisa Barker (Chief executive for Notts.Clubs for Young People) and special guests Marie Halford (Nottingham City Council) and Glyn Connolly (Nottinghamshire County Council).

A group of excited youngsters with special needs or disabilities assisted Stephen at the ceremony before making the most of the splendid new facilities.

Stephen’s proud father Grenville Green said “ This is another special moment in my son’s life”.

“He really is an inspiration to us all and his willingness to embrace life and to take on new challenges never fails to amaze me.

“In recent years Stephen has made his mark by taking part in charity swims, he has given a piano recital at Holy Trinity Church in Kimberley and is mentoring students in music at Oak Field School in Beechdale.”

Supervised by a team of play workers and volunteers at all times, the new Rainbow Room will give smaller children an opportunity to have freedom to play.

A delighted Beverley Denby said: “There are ambitious plans in the pipeline to further develop the centre to accommodate the needs of children and young people with disabilities as well as providing more support and training to those who look after their needs.

“We are part of a small consortium of user groups and would welcome any support from local businesses and organisations to bring this ambitious and much needed project to life”.

The Rainbow Parents Carers Forum was first formed in 1986 as the Floyd Group and was in its infancy a support group for parents of young children attending the Trent Day Nursery in Nottingham.

To support the Rainbow project contact Beverley on 07837278981.