Why sleep matters.
Studies have proven that children who do not have access to a warm, comfortable and quiet sleeping environment are often disruptive at school.
We fund beds, mattresses, linen and clothing to help children sleep better.
A decent pair of shoes matters.
Why pride matters.
A pair of shoes that fit, clothes that are the right size, a proper haircut. Academic performance can be affected if children are on edge because they stand out for the wrong reasons and are teased by their classmates. We believe children can concentrate better at school if they can have confidence that they fit in. We want children to be able to hold their heads up high and feel good about their appearance. Because pride in yourself and what you do is important, no matter how young.
We fund school shoes, uniforms and sports kits. And haircuts.
With government funding decreasing there is a growing need for families to have charitable friends.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies projects that the share of children in relative low income will increase by around 7% between 2015/16 and 2021/22 (assuming no change in government policy). The share of children in absolute low income is expected to increase by roughly 4%.
source: House of Commons briefing paper number 7096, 23 April 2018
As at January 2018, child poverty in Sevenoaks District stood at 18.1%.
source: End Child Poverty
At the same time, spending on welfare is being squeezed, particularly for groups such as lone parents and disabled people.
Welfare spending by age group (Source: Office for Budget Responsibility)
source: DWP/ONS/OBR. Percent of GDPR. 2018-2022 Forecasted.
Why sport matters.
Keeping fit, teamwork, socialising, coordination - the list is endless. But for us it's about ensuring sport is inclusive. And just because life may have dealt some families a few difficult cards, should not mean children miss out.
We fund after school activities and lessons.
Home is where the heart is.
Why home matters.
Families with children are more likely to be poor than people without children. This makes sense, because costs go up with the birth of a child at the same time as family income goes down with parents cutting back on work or paying for childcare. In 2009/10, 53 per cent of those living below the poverty line had children, and lone parent families were almost twice as likely to live in poverty as two parent families. Families with at least one disabled member were 30 per cent more likely to live in poverty than families without disabilities.
source: Child Poverty Action Group
It’s painful and stressful for parents to be unable to give their children the things that other children take for granted. Every parent wants to see their child comfortably and warmly dressed, well fed, and able to enjoy their childhood to the full. Sometimes, to do this, parents need a helping hand. We want parents to know that practical support is there when things get difficult. And that it's okay to ask for help.
We help parents and children across the Sevenoaks district who have been referred to us by Children’s Services.