POOLE charity Diverse Abilities has celebrated one year of STARs, a service to support siblings of children with special educational needs. 

Over the last year, STARs has delivered 640 hours of support to 19 children. 

Children take part in range of sessions including arts and crafts, cooking and trips to the cinema, all developing life and social skills. 

The service has also taken the children on day trips to Chessington World of Adventures, Adventure Pirate and Insanity Gaming Arcade. 

Matilda, one of the children who attends STARs, had her anxiety eased because of the charity. She said: “I will keep coming because I like it here, it’s my time to be listened to, STARs is safe, fun and friendly.” 

Matilda’s Mum added: “I am really relieved that there was finally a special place for siblings, I have been looking for years.  

“It’s life-changing for Matilda. She has a lovely bond with some of the adults and the support she needed was there for her.  

“School commented that she would practically bounce into school the morning after her STARs session. 

“For the first time, Matilda had something special to be part of, where her thoughts and feelings were recognised and supported.”