East Ham Member of Parliament Stephen Timms has praised the work of local children’s charity Carefree Kids as he was shown around the charity’s mobile play therapy bus at St Winifrede’s Roman Catholic Primary school in Newham.
Mr Timms met with staff and volunteers, he was shown around the bus and viewed the toys and resources kept on board.
The play bus is central to the work of the charity and is currently used in schools in Waltham Forest and available for use in surrounding boroughs including Newham and Redbridge.
The charity’s staff and volunteers explained the way therapeutic play is used to help local children who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
The bus is used when schools have no space for therapeutic play sessions, and is an imaginative way of problem solving — and something the children look forward to visiting.
The bus is now over 20 years old, and Carefree Kids is currently trying to raise funds to buy a new one so that it can increase the number of children it can work with both in Newham and surrounding boroughs.
Sophia Dalley, a member of the charity’s small staff team who showed Mr Timms the bus said:
"It's barely summer but we are already looking ahead to what the next term will bring. It's hard to think about winter right now but we know that the cold weather always takes its toll on the bus. It may not make it through another winter. It would be fantastic if we could be sure to continue offering this service."
Speaking after his visit, Stephen said: “Carefree Kids is a valuable and much needed resource for the community, and I will do whatever I can to support this wonderful project. It is hugely beneficial for many children in my constituency of East Ham and the surrounding area, and I look forward to watching it grow and develop further in the years to come.”