RELAXED SANTA VISIT
Our unique Relaxed Santa Visit launched in 2015 and has been developing and growing since then.
In December each year we provide an adapted Santa’s Grotto for children with disabilities, 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 over 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.
“My Son has never been able to see Santa before as its always too much for him, the noise and crowds, so having somewhere he can be himself and take his time is just amazing”
The relaxed Santa Visit is open to children and their siblings.
All children receive :
A present from Santa
Some festive treats
They can also write or draw a letter/picture for Santa and post it in his post box.
Have their face or hand painted in a Christmassy decoration
Make festive arts and crafts to take home
The visit is FREE of charge for all children and their siblings.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Metaswitch Networks 100 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6BQ
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 Enfield 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 each year. We have a Just Giving Toy Appeal campaign https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/christmastoyappeal where you can learn more about the project and make a direct donation, your kind donation will help to buy a child a toy this Christmas.
The charity also runs a toy collection for businesses to gather donations. All toys donated must be brand new due to cross infection to the children who are very ill.
If you would like to donate a brand new toy instead of making a donation or run a toy collection for us please do get in touch by clicking on the Donate toys button!
AVAILABILITY: annually DECEMBER - Project collections begin from September
As of 2019 we now have a new partnership with Inkind Direct meaning we are able to provide children with more specific gifts at Christmas. We receive referrals from The Early Intervention Support Service and also provide to families we know through our charitable work. We aim to make their dreams come true by purchasing good quality gifts. We believe no child should miss out on the joys that Christmas brings and the excitement of presents. Please make a donation today and help to buy a child a toy this Christmas.
If you know of someone who may benefit from receiving toy donations please ask them to be referred to us via a professional such as a social worker, Intervention team, Teacher or Support worker. Or you can self refer using the application form above.
An application form can be download and emailed back to us be clicking the above button - Download application form.
Currently the project runs in the Enfield Borough, however as the project grows we aim to reach wider areas.
“Disabled children and their families are worse off financially and have markedly poorer standards of living then those families who do not live with disability. Expenditure is higher but opportunities for earning through paid employment are reduced, particularly for mothers. Many families are in debt and live in unsuitable housing. "
- Disabled Children Second Edition a Legal Handbook , Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Reed.