This is a charity of huge benefit to its local community which organises an after-school children’s club in Purley, Surrey. For the majority of children who attend, the club provides vital respite from difficult home lives where trained volunteers pay attention to their problems and they can feel safe and relaxed.
Furthermore, it provides respite for the parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities, who make up about half of the attendees.
The project is ‘forgotten’ as they receive no funding from the council, and rely on local volunteers to keep going. The ‘Forgotten Children’ grant has allowed them to purchase much needed art and sporting equipment, as well as subsidising trips away, once in a lifetime opportunities for the children, who would not otherwise have such experiences.