Participating Project

Project information

Specialist play activities

We support children with acquired brain injury and neurodisability from across the UK at our specialist site in Surrey. Specialist play activities help these children with their recovery, whilst giving them the opportunity to have fun during a difficult time.

Ongoing

Charity information: The Children's Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury after a serious accident or injury. Families are turned upside down in an instant. We provide expert rehabilitation, education and therapy at our national specialist centre. Children may have been in hospital for a long period, they may have lost some of their skills and abilities and are often anxious and fearful. Specialist play activities help these children to make the best possible recovery.

    Solution

    Specialist play activities help children with brain injury to develop and relearn physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills in a fun and engaging way. It also helps a child to express their feelings. Our play team are an integral part of a child's rehabilitation programme and help the children to make the best recovery possible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer specialist play activities to nearly 200 children with brain injury in 2019


    Activities

    » Provide a programme of bespoke individual play activities, group play activities, parties and outings, as well as accessible play equipment
    » Employ five specialist play staff with expertise in the use of play activities for child rehabilitation

    What success will look like

    Success is different for each child. For some this is reaching for a toy, for others responding with a smile. We use a recognised measurement tool, reviewed by the team monthly.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Specialist play activities often bring about transformational long term benefits for a child with complex disabilities. 9 year old Seb was very fragile when he arrived at The Children's Trust with severe fatigue, vision problems & little use of his arms. He got involved with games, sporting activities & day trips with the Play Team which built his confidence & independence. He gradually relearnt how to walk, talk & dress himself. Seb is now back at home & aiming high for his sporting life.

    Risk

    Specialist play activities are wholly funded by voluntary income. There is a risk that we could fail to raise the necessary donations and we may need to make cuts to our Play Team. We have dealt with this risk by developing good relationships with Trusts, corporates and philanthropists who understand the need for this vital activity to help children with brain injury to live the best life possible.

    Reporting

    Donors to this project, who indicate that they would like to receive updates from The Children's Trust, will receive written reports twice a year. Where appropriate, supporters will also be invited to visit our specialist centre in Tadworth to see our work at first hand.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £109,524

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      Amount Heading Description
      £98,016 Specialist play staff Salaries for five specialist play staff
      £11,508 Play activities Including play equipment, parties and outings
  • Background

    Location

    The Children's Trust supports children from across the UK at our specialist rehabilitation centre at Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey. Originally, the site of the country branch of Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Children's Trust was established in 1994.

    Beneficiaries

    Children with brain injury and neurodisability will benefit from specialist play activities which increase the effectiveness of their rehabilitation programmes. Families will also benefit as they find new ways to enjoy play experiences together. Medical procedures are likely to go more smoothly as the child is prepared for them. Future care costs may also be reduced as the child is able to develop their skills, abilities and independence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We give children with brain injury the opportunity to live the best life possible. We are the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, with the highest possible rating from the Care Quality Commission. Our ambition is to be recognised as a leading global research centre in developing both clinical and education research programmes. And we share this expertise through a range of publications and hosting national paediatric brain injury conferences.

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    People

    Maggie Clancy

    Director of Clinical Services

    Claire Wood

    Creative Therapies Professional Lead

£1000

could help to fund group outings with the Play Team and help to rebuild a child's confidence

It might be hard to quantitatively define the benefits of play therapy but watching my son's face light up, and the time we spent together as a family exploring and building on the experiences in these play sessions has been invaluable to us in helping “normalise” our new family predicament.

Father whose son came to The Children's Trust at the age of 5.