When we started offering play packs to the children of Camden last week, we had no way of knowing that there was such a huge unmet need in our community.

Since we launched our play pack scheme, we have been overwhelmed not just with the number of requests, but also by the stories of parents who have contacted us. We've heard from parents who have been living in small flats with 3 or 4 children, single parents from overseas without family or government support and parents who broke down crying because we were the first people to check up on them since the lockdown began. Our services have expanded and changed to meet the new challenges faced by Camden families during the lockdown. We have been supporting families with socially distanced play sessions, food packages, a toy library and providing learning resources to help children continue learning, in addition to our play packs and many other lockdown services.  

While our play packs are a simple idea, they make a very real difference in the lives of the children who receive them. Many of the children who receive our play packs live in crowded conditions, have very little access to outside play areas and limited toys, books and learning resources.

Wondering what's in a play pack? Let Elena, a young volunteer, show you: 

YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSRqgMloHIs