Danielâ€™s Den Together Everyone Achieves More
Annual Report 1st September 2013 â€“ 31st August 2014
Registered charity number 1147172 Company Limited by Guarantee 5303714
CONTENTS Letter from the Managing Director
Review of 2013-2014
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2013-2014 has been a year of change in many respects. We have said numerous hellos and goodbyes. In July many families left as their children started nursery and reception – always sad when people ‘outgrow’ our groups but wonderful to see such confident children starting a new chapter in their lives. We hope and pray that the many things they learned at Daniel’s Den will help them adjust to this new life. As is usually the case, some of our volunteers moved on too - Rhys and Keturah left to work in Hong Kong. We also said farewell to two original directors and trustees – Angela Anterkyi and Cheryl Tate, having put in over 25 years service between them. They were duly thanked for their services at our annual volunteers’ meal and will be enjoying a day of pampering. With goodbyes, there is also time to say hello. We welcomed many new families and volunteers and our lives are richer for this. Our website was completely redesigned and this, along with some very eye catching postcards, is proving to be an excellent publicity tool. We are encouraging everyone to get the vision of DYS – Down Your Street and encouraging people to invite those who live nearby. We also now have a new trustee – Peter Kearney. He brings a wealth of experience and is a great addition to the team. I have been on a peer mentoring programme with other charity leaders and this has been very challenging and thought provoking. Much of the year was spent considering ‘What is the purpose of Daniel’s Den?’ as we all acknowledge it is so much more than a weekly parent and toddler group. Our feedback fortnight is a great way of measuring the impact on people’s lives as well as the evidence of the attendance figures. One highlight this year was running a parenting course at Elsley Primary School. This was requested by the early years coordinator as she saw the value of the input we give in terms of playing with your children, reading together and talking. We used our Postcard Parenting resources to put together a 6 week programme and not only did the parents benefit hugely, but we also gained a new volunteer. It was wonderful to hear from the nursery teacher how she saw the changes in the children as a result of this course! Our motto ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ rang loud and clear this year!
We ran 5 toddler sessions each week throughout Brent, bringing a sense of care and belonging to many families. Having a safe warm place to bring your children means so much to local families and its great to see the toddlers coming with mum, dad, grandparents, aunts/uncles, child minders or au pairs. The range of toys and activities creates a rich learning environment where new friendships are formed and people developing a real sense of belonging. These are the sessions we ran each week.
Tuesday 9am-10.30am @ Elsley Primary School Tuesday 9.30am-11am & 11.30am-1pm @ St Michael and All Angels, Stonebridge Tuesday 1pm-3pm @ Gladstone Park Primary School Wednesday 9.30am-11.30am @ St Andrews, Sudbury
DYS (Down Your Street) has become a well used motto as we want people to invite their neighbours DYS to come to a group. We produced some eyecatching postcards which people can carry in their bag and hand out to those they meet on the street, in the shop, at the library etc. That personal invitation is so key and these cards are a tool which can be used to spread the word. ‘1 in 2 of parents found out about us via word of mouth’
Delighted that our newly designed website was launched in October and it’s a wonderful shop window of the work we do! So many people now find out about us via the internet but word of mouth is still the greatest publicity!
Daniel’s Den is blessed by a great team of volunteers who tirelessly help in various ways—from setting up the toys to making cups of tea, to filling in our database and washing toys. Having people from the local community volunteering brings a ‘family feel’ to what we do and it’s been great to see community developing in this way. A number of our volunteers go on to further studies or employment as a result of the volunteering experience. Joe gained a first class degree in forensic science whilst still volunteering once a week to do administration whilst others have done training and now work in schools or nurseries.
If you know someone who would like to volunteer, do get in touch with one of the session leaders. We have lots of tasks that need doing. Training is provided.
During National Volunteers week, we took all our volunteers out for a thank you meal at Jimmy’s in Wembley. At the meal, two of our trustees (Angela Anterkyi and Cheryl Tate) officially ‘retired’ after a total of 25+ years volunteering at Daniel’s Den. They were there from early days and had helped Daniels Den develop into the registered charity it is today. They were each presented with one of Funny Bunny’s cousins as a thank you and will be treated to a day at a spa as a thank you. We are welcoming two new trustees - Phello Ekango who started coming to Daniel’s Den 15 years ago when her children were little and Peter Kearney who has shown a keen interest in our work and has lots of charity experience.
Every week we offer the opportunity for the children and adults to make some form of craft. It could include sticking, painting, drawing and play dough is always on hand. Our ‘snipping sessions’ involve others in preparing all the crafts at the start of each term. Group projects are always welcome and this year we made some very tall giraffes.
We were delighted to introduce sensory play into a number of our sessions—even digging creepy crawlies out of soil. A first for many!
‘Children are wired to receive and utilise sensory input from day one.
One of our ‘nans’ teaching mums how to make Mothering Sunday baskets.
We have also introduced some new crafts too and I know people loved making the tiger masks and caterpillar puppet. One activity that caused lots of fun was making the sock puppets. A few pieces of wool, buttons, googly eyes, paper and a new character was formed.
Daniel’s Den was invited to run a parenting course for parents of children in the nursery and reception classes at Elsley Primary School. We used the postcards we designed last year and ran 6 sessions.
Each session started with an ice breaker e.g. what is your favourite food – this caused lots of laughter but helped us get to know each other better. We then did group work, question and answers and explored various topics including handling challenging behaviour, the power of words etc.
The feedback has been very positive and we hope to run other courses in the future.
‘At first, I didn’t want to come on the course, but I found it so useful’
‘We need courses like this before our children start nursery’ Saeed (father of 3)
We were delighted to be invited to a fun night out hosted by Tesco ...
These took place in two venues – Tesco, Brent Park and the playground outside the London Designer Outlet (LDO). They are a mini version and incorporate at least one element of Daniels’s Den whether it is play dough, singing or a craft activity. One thing is for sure – there will always be a genuine welcome!
We were delighted that Tesco chose to do a DIY makeover of the old scout hut at St Andrews in Sudbury (one of our venues). The project was led by Beckie West, the customer care manager at Tesco, Brent Park. Tesco made the following improvements:
Built a ramp to improve the access to the hut. Built a shelter for buggies, allowing more space to play in the hut.
Cut down all the weeds outside and cleaned the whole building
Painted inside and outside Provided garden tubs where flowers and vegetables can be grown.
Donated kitchen equipment and so much more. It is such a blessing not only to St Andrews and Daniel’s Den but all the other user groups too.
Great to see our motto being lived out ‘Together Everyone Achieves More!’
‘I love the atmosphere. I have been coming over a year and I and my child are safe and comfortable. All the staff are like family—friendly, easy to talk to and have the children at heart’.
‘I am simply very grateful for the kindness of the people who go out of their way to make this playgroup happening every week. THANK YOU!’..
‘I like the routine of play, snacks, singing time and connecting with people’.
‘Suggestions include—offer different taster sessions ie baby yoga, musical instruments; open more days; nappy changing bin; more outdoor time!’
‘Everybody is welcome no matter religion, country etc’.
We could not do what we do without the generosity of others. We have a small group of regular givers and others who participate in fundraising activities. We have run cake stalls, done a sponsored walk.
One thing that people suggested was to have a cake stall to raise funds for Daniel’s Den. There was an amazing array of cakes brought in and we raised over £100.
Ron (one of directors) did a sponsored walk with his son Rich, Funny Bunny (DD ambassador) and Josh (the inspiration behind DD).
‘We are always looking for fundraisers and volunteers to join our team and welcome any fundraising ideas in the year ahead.’
Our budget for our financial year 2013-2014 as discussed and agreed by the trustees was £26,112.00. Over the year we raised £29,295.69 which is £3183.69 more than expected!
Payments and expenditure were lower than expected and in total £21,255.81 was spent. This chart shows how the money was spent during the year.
If you would like a copy of our full financial accounts please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for all your help and support this year.
Anonymous donors Big Lottery Cake bakers and buyers! Jesus House Regular givers St Paulâ€™s Ealing
Tesco Brent Park and other London branches Volunteers who give their time
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ DanielsDenTogetherEveryoneAchievesMore Follow us on twitter: @DanielsDenUK Visit our website: www.danielsden.org.uk Email us: email@example.com Phone: 02089086986 07436273844 Address: PO Box 987, Wembley HA9 1FX
Director: Jo Gordon Trustees: Ronald Herbert Bea Simpson Phello Ekango Peter Kearney
Registered UK charity number: 1147172 Company Limited by Guarantee: 5303714 Registered Office address: 38 Berkhamsted Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 6DT