RELAXED SANTA VISIT
Our unique Relaxed Santa Visit launched in 2017 and has been developing and growing since then.
In December each year we provide an adapted Santa’s Grotto for children with disabilities, life limiting conditions, their siblings and families.
The project began from the realisation that many children with certain disabilities miss out at Christmas times being able to visit Santa due to sensory difficulties and other issues. The majority of children who attend the Santa visit each year are Autistic. Over the past years we have provided the service to 32 Autistic children who have all found the experience comfortable and enjoyable. Along with parents , we have witnessed first hand many magical moments.
So many places do not consider the fact that some children will not be able to attend and so we took it upon ourselves to create our very own Santa’s Grotto with a wonderful Santa in a relaxed setting, allowing children and their siblings all the time they need to adjust to their enviroment before walking over to see Santa .
This project really works as we are very experienced and therefore know exactly the adjustments that need to be made to make it successful . We receive positive feedback from parents who are delighted to have somewhere to take their children so they can enjoy this magical time of year, just like other children do.
Zebras Children and Adults Charity proudly launched our first Christmas Collection in 2017 working in partnership with the Edmonton Salvation Army. Together we aimed to support the most vulnerable in our society by providing food and toys to families and individuals over the Christmas period.
This project helps alleviate the effects of poverty over the festive season .
Christmas 2017 was a very successful project, delivering to over 70 families in the North London area. In 2018 we reached even more peoples - 80 families and within those families there were 152 children who all received brand new toys for Christmas. Over the past two years we have reached 300 children, providing them all with brand new toys. We perceive that these numbers will only keep growing each year.
The project is seasonal and ongoing. We aim to fundraise throughout the year to contribute to each years collections, making them even bigger and better, and making more of a difference to disabled individuals, families and those living in hardship. Your kind donations really help towards the project every year.
If you know of someone who may benefit from receiving food and toy donations in the month of December please ask them to be referenced to us via a professional such as a social worker, Intervention team, Teacher or Support worker.
Currently the project runs in the North London Borough, however as the project grows we aim to reach wider areas.