We are a Registered Charity (1166527) based in North London, UK dedicated to supporting Children 0-17 who are touched by the cancer or bereavement of a loved one.
"Our main aim is to enhance the emotional and mental well being of children facing the trauma and uncertainty of a loved one's ailment or death, through guilt free fun and creating lasting memories."
Since opening our doors, we have been recognised for our efforts in a number of publications and awards. One being the 'Points of Light ' Awarded by the Prime Minister David Cameron, and most Recently The Precious Award for 'Best Social Enterprise of the year.'
This year we were very happy to announce that 'Children in need' has contributed to our funding.
We are a registered charity which aims to provide
self-help support groups for children who have parents/carers living with cancer
In a safe and informal setting we encourage families to work together and be creative. Arts and Crafts, Drama and music are some of the activities children look forward to participating in. Healthy snacks and beverages are provided. There is no emphasis on cancer or death. We are an open group and children can share as little or as much as they like with their peers. Just knowing that they are not alone reduces any isolation the children may feel.
Care packages are available for first time visitors and those families who cannot access our weekly creative art sessions, which contain useful information and resources for caregivers and children.
We hold community fundraisers annually to raise funds and awareness for our cause. They are always very successful and fun for all of the family. Look out for up and coming events.
Don't Forget the Kids team is fast growing and dedicated to uplifting lives of those who are in need. If you feel you would like to get involved, whether it be to hold your own fundraiser, volunteer your time or make a donation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Some of the wonderful things that have happened this past year
Festive family day held on the 3rd December 2016 at the Pavillion Café in Bruce Castle Park. Hundreds of locals came out to support the event and we raised over £1000’s to go towards the cause!View
On the 27th October 2016, Nicola Dady appears in Marie Claire magazine describing the inspirational story that lead to the creation of Don’t Forget the Kids.View
Held on Saturday 16th July 2016, people came out in droves and enjoyed the music, food, drink, and talent show whilst their children played on the bouncy castle and had their faces painted.View
Join us for arts and crafts
Arts and craft projects are facilitated every week and are always meaningful. We encourage the families to work together on the projects and build lasting memories. Drama, music and sports workshops are also performed once a month. These help to express emotion and build confidence. We provide a forum for families to be able to openly discuss their challenges in a safe and non-judgemental environment as well as have some guilt free fun with others going through similar circumstance.
Heathy snacks and refreshments are provided, we encourage the children to learn basic life skills such as making themselves a sandwich and drink, as quite often when a parent is feeling unwell children have to fend for themselves.
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The wonderful people that make the dream work
“As an adult, the cancer journey is traumatic, so I can only imagine the devastation it causes to our children. I wanted to create a support system, not only for my children but for others like them. We can’t take the pain away, but we can try to ease it.”
“Being involved from the start of DFTK gives me a lot of pride. Our achievements to date both surprise me in one way but there has always also been a belief in what we are doing. Long may it continue to assist people and the wider community.”
“Being part of DFTK is like being part of a huge family. I've met some amazing children and families along the way that inspire me. I am a great believer in community spirit and people coming together to help each other and DFTK definitely has that same approach. The support and love of others really does help.”
“When Nicola asked me to begin this amazing journey with this amazing team I felt honoured. We’ve gone from strength to strength, supporting families not only in Haringey but further afield. 4 years on and we’ve achieved so much but I believe the future for DFTK is bigger and brighter.”
“DFTK is more than a Charity, it’s a family. The families are so closely involved in every aspect of what we do in the weekly groups, summer and winter fund raisers and day trips that everything we do is service-user led. I think this helps create more than just a drop in service that they come to from time to time but a social group from which the memories and experiences will stay with them for life.”
Some of the milestones we've reached
And this year is already proving to be a big one! We hope you'll join us on our journey!
Don’t Forget the kids became a registered charity and were featured in various publications such as; Marie Claire, The Evening Standard, The Huffington Post and the Daily Mail. Don’t Forget the kids was awarded The Precious Award for best social enterprise of the year. Our founder Nicola Dady was awarded a Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to research creative ways of helping children through the bereavement process.
Don’t forget the Kids were granted £8600 by Children in Need. Don’t Forget the Kids was featured in a MacMillan documentary called ‘London is Ours’.
Our founder Nicola Dady was recognised by Haringey council for her effort to help the community and presented with the ‘Unsung Hero’ award.
Don’t Forget the Kids received an award of £10,000 from the Big Lottery fund.
We founded Don't Forget the Kids as a non-profit organisation and launched with a family funday; featured in the local newspapers.
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