Christmas is the busiest time of year for children’s charities and is the time of year where the hard work can really be seen clearer and see the impact the year-round dedication has on children in need. From present donations to building help, art movements to fundraising events, the Christmas period is always frenzied for which we are glad for.
The busy period also means that more people are in need and over the years it has steadily increasing, the number of children who are in need this Christmas is a lot higher than the previous years and will inevitably grow in the coming years, meaning our work will always get more challenging.
Recently we have started working with Dorset Children’s Foundation on a local project at the Branksome Community Centre to build a sensory room for local children to use.
Little Lives UK have donated money towards buying a new Sensory Pod for use at the centre. The pod will provide a safe space within the sensory room for children with complex behavioural and mental needs to relax and unwind. Sensory rooms are such an important and vital tool for any community centre to have when it comes to looking after children with challenging behaviour, it not only provides a safe space for the children but also offers the parents a much-needed respite.
The Dorset Children’s Foundation is a well-established children’s charity who work in Bournemouth and the surrounding area and we are delighted to be working together with them and the local community to create more opportunities and a safe place for the children of Dorset to spend time and learn in a safe environment.
Both Little Lives UK and the Dorset Children’s Foundation have also announced their continuing support in helping to source other materials for the Branksome Community Centre sensory room. This includes soft play equipment, a parachute to produce different coloured lighting in the whole room, different light bulbs to change the atmosphere and even the possibility of getting some volunteers to help paint the room.