Refugee Children's Centres is an organisation which helps children to get the best possible start in life.
We want to improve outcomes for children facing adversity by delivering play-based interventions that promote healthy childhood development.
We have an holistic view on the development of children, recognising that socio-emotional, physical, creative and cognitive capacities are inextricably linked. We are developing an integrated, science-based programme that promotes healthy growth by focusing on three key areas:
We aim to achieve our goals by providing or assisting in the provision of:
We collaborate with partner organisations in supportive and capacity building initiatives - providing volunteers, resources, training and consultancy.
Refugee Children's Centres is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in 2016. We are currently in the process of becoming a registered charity. The organisation is run by a small Board of Directors, and a team of Coordinators, Advisers and in-field Volunteers. After a break in 2017, we are now planning our next projects.
We believe that every child should have access to a safe, happy, nurturing and stimulating place to play.
Our work is child led and child focused. Children instinctively engage with the world through play and at RCC, everything we do is based on the principle that play is an integral and invaluable part of childhood development. We deliver play-based intervention that is stimulating, therapeutic and fun, in environments that are safe and nurturing, tailored to meet the needs of children who have experienced or are experiencing adversity.
Play enables the development of vital physiological, social and emotional skills. It allows children to build self-confidence and to develop secure and trusting relationships with others; it is a means of freedom of self-expression, healing and happiness. A sense of wonder and challenge and a desire to explore and discover is the foundation for the desire to learn. Many children who have experienced adversity are not yet ready to access education. Play as a form of therapy helps remove the barriers to learning.
The right to play is recognised by the United Nations as a fundamental right of every child.
"That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts." Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We recognise the complex needs of refugee and displaced children so we are developing a programme that reflects an holistic approach to accessing play.
Our programme includes:
Therapeutic Play - Psychosocial Support
Play in Early Childhood Development
Play in Non-formal Education and Learning
Nutrition, Health & Hygiene Education
Sports, Games & Fitness
In Refugee Children’s Centres we value happiness and wellbeing, respect and freedom of self-expression; everything we do is based on this.
Happiness and wellbeing – to be able to smile, laugh and relax
Respect – for ourselves and each other, no matter our background or differences. We promote a culture of tolerance, equality, diversity, inclusion and fairness
Freedom of self-expression – to feel safe enough to be open and to develop positive self-esteem
In our Centres we aim to:
create welcoming, secure, nurturing and happy environments for all children
develop rapid and powerful relationships built on mutual respect and trust
foster children’s self-esteem and confidence through encouragement and positive, trauma informed care
provide activities and play experiences that are fun, engaging, stimulating and enriching
value each child individually so that they can develop and extend their own special strengths and interests
provide opportunities that encourage the children to share and work co-operatively
foster the positive social and emotional skills of each child necessary for a rapid and smooth integration into mainstream education