We all know that provision for children and for parents has seen deep cuts – and that over 400 children’s SureStart centres up and down the country have closed down.
This is a real shame, given the effect that space for children to play, and support for children early on in life has on narrowing the gap for children with disabilities and children from low income families. I see this daily – many local residents tell me that what they see very little of is support for parents and children – and for families that are facing a real pressure in light of reduced real income, to balance work, life and the difficult but rewarding task of raising a young family.
That’s why ensuring that there is emotional and social support for children is particularly important, as is raising awareness of the need for mental health support as well as physical health support for children as well as adults, and why I’m really pleased to support local counselling support charity Rephael House – which provides assistance across North London – including Barnet, Brent and Harrow and their fundraising drive for a play therapy room renovation.
Chief Executive of the charity Anesta Edge had this to say about the importance of play therapy;
Our play room offers some of them an opportunity to get back to play and begin to understand emotions that they are unable to express in words. This is why it is important for us to have a fully functional, inclusive space for them to use and explore in. We want our kids to be kids and explore all aspects of childhood and the challenges they face.
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
They’re using some newfangled platform called SpaceHive to do this – which is the world’s first crowdfunding platform for civic projects. That means you can pledge whatever you’d like to contribute to this very worthwhile cause – and you can do it now.
They need 100 people to pledge a tenner (or whatever you can afford). Why not join me?
It’s not just child’s play – it’s so much more than that.