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Project information

HOPE HOUSE PLAYROOM - for traumatised children

To build a house for those desperatly vulnerable children some of whom are orphans who have nowhere to go during the school holidays. There are children with us for 38 weeks who have nowhere to go for week-ends home or for the holidays. This house will need a fully-equipped purpose-built play room.

March 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: The Mulberry Bush

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  • Need


    To provide therapeutic care, treatment and accomodationfor those tragiic vulnerable traumatised children who have nowhere to go during the school holidays - who have no families or foster families who they can stay with, because they cannot yet manage to live in a family. Those children need 52 week care. And a room to play in during their hoidays.


    Hope House will be a purpose built house to provide the accomodation for us to care for those children who need 52 week help and somewhere they can call home until they are able to live in a family. An essential part of their treatment is the freedom to play. We will be giving children their child-hood back by providing them with the room and toys to play in and with.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide them with the essential tools to be able to play.


    » We will give them care and therapy to enable them to have the confidence to relax enough to enjoy being a child and to be able to learn to play.

    What success will look like

    By getting those children who have not been able to live in a family to be able to do so and to have happy foster plaements which they do not destroy because they cannot trust.

  • Impact


    Making fewer children remain in care, be excluded from school, develop mental health problems or commit crimes. Helping them from the earliest stage to nurture the skills they need to cope with life’s challenges and flourish and enable them to live in families and go to appropriate schools. Success will be shown by a higher number of children living in familes happily and attending suitable schools.


    The greatest risk would be a down turn in referrals to the school.

    We have in reserve six months full running costs and six months half running costs of the whole school to protect all the children and staff in our care.


    Funders of this project will receive a monthly email report on the project describing how the building is going. When the building is complete they would receive monthly updtaes on the welfare of the children with us for 52 weeks using the house and palyroom.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 structure & decoration the walls, flooring, electricity, windows and doors
      £5,000 soft furnishing carpets & cutains - all have to be extra strong because the children are destructive
      £5,000 furniture & toys special furniture and hard-wearing toys as the children destroy so much
  • Background


    The playroom will be built in Hope House, in the grounds of the Mulberry Bush School in a village in West Oxfordshire called Standlake. Property in Standlake is very expensive so this expansion is not only good for the children but is a good investment.


    The whole of society will benefit because these children are far less likely to enter the penal system thereby costing hundreds of thousands to the tax payer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Beacuse we are a unique national chaity founded in 1948 which has been giving therapeiutic care treatment and education to traumatised vulnerable children for 66 years. Our outcomes are outstanding - 100% of children are re-integrated into an appropriate school and 93% of children are re-integrated into an appropriate family.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carol Day

    Carol Day is the Head of the Care Team at the Mulberry Bush and will oversee the provison of 52 week care.