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Children In Need


The Children and Young Persons Project at DPIA is funded by BBC Children in Need. The project works with refugee and asylum seeking children and young people up to the age of 18 years old. Our current project runs up to the end of August 2018.

The project aims to make a difference to the lives of children and young people by working to increase their levels of participation in local activities, to improve their ability to cope with displacement and to improve their relationships with friends and family.

In order to achieve these differences the project provides refugee and asylum seeking children and young people with a program of weekly groups and activities throughout the year. This includes weekly family play groups, after-school groups, visits to local places and play centres as well as a program of outdoor activities and day trips during school holiday periods. The project also supports members of the project to independently access local events, facilities and services through signposting and financial assistance.

At our weekly groups we cater for families, offering a wide range of age-appropriate activities in a large and safe space. Parents are expected to accompany their children at all times and parent-child interaction is encouraged in all games and activities. Activities include soft play and inflatables, arts and crafts, themed sessions for national days and events, fitness and sports, singing and dance and much more. Children and young people are encouraged to lead the direction of project and the activities that are provided by letting staff know what their interests are and what they would like to do at the weekly groups.

The program of outings and day trips which are planned for school holiday periods is advertised within the group and amongst local partners.

Please call Louise Kalicinski (DPIA’s Children and Young Persons Project Worker)  on 029 2048 2478 or 07967 054973 or email louise@dpia.org.uk to find out more information and to find out about our current schedule of weekly groups and activities (including times, days and locations), as well as our school holiday plans.