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Playbus Partnership

A successful partnership between Sanctuary Housing and Hackney Playbus delivered play and learning opportunities to more than 150 local children.

Sanctuary, South Hackney Parochial Charity and Well Street Common User Group funded a series of 15 weekly play sessions for under-fives on Well Street Common.

Hackney Playbus has been operating for more than 40 years, with the aims of providing free play and learning opportunities for children across East London and providing support to families who need it the most.

As well as offering children a regular opportunity to play, the sessions on Well Street Common provided a valuable service for parents and carers, who were able to meet new people and find out more about the family support services available in the area.

Of the parents and carers who attended the sessions, 64 per cent said their children had tried something new for the very first time.

More than three-quarters said they had learned new parenting skills or ideas, 88 per cent said they had shared knowledge or experience with others and 94 per cent made new friends by coming to the sessions.

One local mum said: “It’s a great place for children to play together in a safe environment and to meet other parents from the local community.”

Another, who attended the sessions with her eight-month old child, said: “Visiting the Playbus has been the highlight of our week and such a refuge of friendship and support.”

Each year, Sanctuary supports hundreds of local projects like Hackney Playbus through its Community Investment Fund.

During 2018/2019 we invested £1.4 million in community projects, delivering more than 400 projects reaching a total of 48,108 people.

More about how Sanctuary invests in local communities can be found in our 2018/2019 Impact Report.

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