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We make sure our members and supporters are always in the loop when it comes to The Special Lioness news and announcements. Check out our updates and never miss the latest stories about our charitable work. Here you can always find up to date information about our events, programs, and activities.

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We are finalists for "Community Support" category of the BAPs Awards

September 2021

We are SOOO thrilled to be finalists in the "Community Support" category of the BAPs Awards 2021.  BAPs recognises the SEND community, in particular the families raising awareness and assisting other families in their SEND journey.

This Award means so much to us as it has been created by other parent carers going through the same experiences as us and for them to recognise us and for us to make the finalist list is amazing, we feel truly blessed.

The Awards Ceremony is in November, so we will keep you updated and hopefully inundate you with beautiful photographs of all the finalists.

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Sunderland Mayor 2021-22

May 2021

We are thrilled, excited and truly honoured to be announced as the Nominated Charity for the Mayor of Sunderland 2021-22. 

We feel really blessed that our work has been recognised at the highest level within our local community and can't wait to start working with the Mayors Office to raise awareness of our Charity and hopefully reach more families along the way.

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PoundLand Roker - we are their chosen local Charity!!

March 2021

We have been given the incredible opportunity of being PoundLand Rokers (Sunderland) chosen Charity this year.  They are supporting us by providing items for our play and craft groups, and wonderful items for our fundraising efforts.  We feel really honoured that such a huge organisation cacn see the difference we are making locally and are happy to support our journey.

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Blue Pages Directory & Guide

Issue 2 / 2020

This is our version of the good old fashioned Yellow Pages, but this is a more personalised SEND Guide.  This document is updated twice yearly and is full of useful information and hope it goes some way to help in your journey.

The beauty of our community is that we all share our information, so please do send us anything you feel could be included to help other families like ours.


Stronger Together

January 29, 2021

With the help of
The National Lottery Community Fund and their very generous grant award.
We would like to introduce our theme for February and March of 'Stronger Together'.
Our aim is to bring us together, all be it virtually. The world is extremely isolating and lonely at the moment and many of us may feel it more than others, so we want to reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness as best we can.
That's were you come in, what would you like to see?? Here are some examples
Informative sessions from professionals such as OT, Physiotherapy, Speech and language, postural support/equipment information, local offer
Open catch up sessions with other parent/carers (virtual coffee groups)
Quiz Night (or anytime of day)
fun exercise class
We are open to any suggestions so please tell us what would be of help to you and your family.
If you would prefer not to comment here please feel free to message us directly or send us an email to

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Second Year of Partnership with LS Care

January 12, 2021

We are delighted to announce that LS Care have agreed to be our Partner for the second year running!!!  We are thrilled to be supported by such an incredible local business with a similar ethos - of looking after those who need it most.  They are a local business providing home care for those requiring extra assistance around the house, to full in home care.  They look after the young and the not so young and treat every client with the utmost respect.  We are proud to part of the team.


Partnership to Help Beat Hunger at Christmas

10 December 2020

We are very proud to announce that we have secured 80 Christmas family food parcels to help ease a little bit of the financial burden and the hunger some families were facing at this difficult time of year.

We delivered food parcels to families with the utmost discretion throughout the festive season and beyond. This would not have been possible without the incredible help from GRC Filtration.  Another local company looking after local people.

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Our latest Partnership

21st September 2020

We are delighted to announce our very exciting partnership with South Shields FC.  Being a grass roots local football club we are honoured and privileged to be part of their story.

We have sponsored two of their team members; Phil Naisbitt and Brian Smith and really look forward to building our relationship - next time you see us we may be modelling the South Shields FC shirts!!!

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We won a Nominated Donation

18th September 2020

We have today received a generous donation from Heron Foods to assist us in supplying Halloween Play Packs to our wonderful children around the local area.  We were nominated for this donation by a wonderful local business mum who has been a wonderful support to The Special Lioness.  Thank You!

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An Exciting New Partnership

8th September 2020

We received a very exciting and surprising call today from MW Lift Services who said they are so touched by our mission that they would like to be involved and have donated a large sum to allow us to have an extra special Christmas Party (If COVID allows) otherwise it will be a Christmas Party in the middle of next summer... we don't mind when it happens, it just gives us longer to plan something amazing.

MW Lift Services are a local company which installs, repairs and maintains through floor lifts during the home and in commercial premises.  I have known one of the directors for a number of years, and they have came to my rescue to help with a broken down lift on numerous occasions, so we are delighted to have these on board, lovely local guys!!


Amazing Funding News

30th July 2020

We have today received and extremely generous donation from the BGL Group as part of their Empower, Pledge, Donate campaign.  This very kind donation will be used to provide our families with a wonderful boat trip with WetWheels Yorkshire on their fully adapted catamaran.  This trip will allow families To experience the open sea, to have fun and most of all make special memories without the worry of access issues.

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2nd January 2020

Following on from our campaign last year of local businesses sponsoring our Christmas event.  LS Care Limited has been in touch to advise that they have selected The Special Lioness as their chosen Charity for 2020.  They will be supporting us this year in assisting us to provide our services to our parents/carers.
LS Care provides specialist care to adults, children and infants with complex illnesses and conditions in the comfort of their own home.