YOUNGSTERS with disabilities are now being given their own place to hang out thanks to a South Tyneside soft play centre.
Monkey Mayhem is now holding weekly sessions catering specifically for children with special needs.
The move was taken after owners Adam and Helen McKinnon were approached by a parent who said she struggled to find places to take her disabled youngsters where they could feel at ease.
The couple are now opening up the venue on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm for children with additional needs and their siblings.
Mrs McKinnon said: “It was a parent who approached us and mentioned she struggled to find somewhere for her children who have disabilities to play safely and at ease.
“We got talking and I suggested about opening the place one night a week where children with disabilities and their siblings could come down and play.
“She mentioned how sometimes, depending on a child’s disability, a parent would need to be with them and that can be difficult when the soft play is busy with other youngsters.
“Hopefully by doing this, it will also give youngsters with additional needs a bit more independence while they play.”
The venue, based within the old Visage factory in Shaftsbury Avenue, Simonside, South Shields, caters for newborn babies through to 12-year-olds, although there are no age limits for the sessions catering for those with additional needs.
As well as a soft play centre, the facility also has motorised racing cars, trampoline and sports pitch.
For more information, visit the facebook site www.facebook.com/MonkeyMayhemSoftPlay