Mary Tsenti on how Walker Children’s Club has bounced back
Walker Children’s Club is a charitable childcare organisation that provides quality and affordable after-school and holiday clubs.
We opened our doors in March 2003 after the club was set up by a group of parents of pupils at Walker School, which had no after-school provision at the time. We understand the importance of providing high-quality childcare, not just so that parents are able to work, but also to improve the lives of our children.
Our club offers a range of activities and children are free to choose from sports, arts and crafts, performing arts, cooking and much more. We also run a dance club and tennis club weekly. All activities and clubs are covered under the initial cost of a session.
We serve children and families with a wide range of needs and have never turned a child away. We endeavour to adapt our environment to suit the needs of each child; we’re currently developing our sensory provision, which studies have shown is beneficial to all children.
During lockdown, when we were unable to open, our staff produced online activities to send to our children to help keep them entertained. When we were eventually able to reopen, we had to do so with limited numbers to ensure social distancing. Because of this, we took part in our first-ever fundraising campaign with The Big Give and The Childhood Trust and were amazed that we were able to raise over £16,000 for our club!
Enfield Dispatch helped immensely by sharing our posts and spreading the word. We would like to thank everyone who supported us in the campaign. Your generosity was incredible.
The funding received will be crucial to developing a sensory room for children to access, as well as opening a new out-of-school club in Enfield. We are working closely with our partners to engage with children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send), as we understand there is a shortage of sensory provision in Enfield.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.