BRAVE youngsters got to grips with scary critters during a family fun day in South Tyneside.
Staff at Quarriers Foxden Service, on the Parkway Estate, South Shields, hosted a day of activities to show families how their children’s respite house works.
The service is a place for young people with learning and physical disabilities to visit for a short break.
Jill Thorburn, head of services, said: “Young people, who are mainly under the age of 18, can come and spend a few nights here, depending on their circumstances.
“We get up to all sorts, have days out and take part in fun activities. They really enjoy it, and it also gives their family a little break too.
“We also promote independent living, so we will bake cakes and do activities which encourage this.
“At the moment we have 30 families who regularly come along but we want to spread the word as we don’t think a lot of people realise we’re here.”
Yesterday youngsters and their families were entertained by a visit from Zoo Academy and got the chance to hold a range of reptiles and lizards.
Staff were soaked with water, while people could also get their nails panted and enjoy a barbecue.
Ms Thorburn added: “We’ve had five potential new families visiting us so far which has been wonderful. They’ve been able to have a look around and see how lovely it is here.
“Foxden is just for the people of South Tyneside, so anyone who thinks their child might benefit from it should ask to be referred by their social worker.
“We’re always looking for volunteers to come along and help us out too.”
To find out more about Foxden, or to become a volunteer, call 456 4547.