Following on the heels of the fantastic mud kitchen, our friends Men in Sheds have been beavering away in their workshop to create a brand new edition to our outdoor space.
And what on earth is better than mud? - Why SAND of course.
Our new London Transport Red Bus styled sand pit was officially opened with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Although many are waiting for a warm day to jump in - lets all celebrate another wonderful donation from the chaps with power tools!
This term the Big Red Bus Club weekly stay and play for children and their families, Play Plus, has hit the jackpot. With a fantastic grant from the Postcode Lottery, volunteers and families at the Big Red Bus Club have been able to expand the whole group, get some great equipment for children with additional needs and work with a range of therapists to create a mindful and enriching environment.
Play Plus is here to support families with children under five, to make friends and get the support they need before, during and after diagnosis.Read more
Walk, crawl, or be carried around a circular route of Charlton Park for the second annual Big Red Bus Club Toddle Waddle. Help us raise funds- entry only £2 per child with a reduction for families with four children or more.
Meet us at The Big Red Bus Club at 11am ready to set off at 11:30, then join us with your picnic at 12pm followed by our regular play group until 3pm.
Local open water swimmer Sue Christiansen intends to dive into the murkey depths of London's Royal Docks in Newham to raise much needed funds for the Big Red Bus Club.
Sues amazing swim will take place on the 16th of July. But you can donate now.
“I am excited to swim through the bird muck, if this encourages people to give to a great local cause, support the small ones, and me.”
As Charlton’s premier open water female swimmer over 27 Sue commented “I am also happy to report that I've had my shots and so should hopefully not come down with any water-borne disease.“
This is your chance to show your support do give whatever you can if everyone of use donated just
£2 we would pay our insurance for a year.
£10 and we could buy new outdoor toy cars and a sand pit
£20 and we could replace all of our windows
Please do dig deep and donate today
Local kids put their baking skills to the test today as they tried out the Big Red Bus Club’s new mud kitchen designed and created for us by the great volunteers at Men in Sheds.
A huge range of delights worthy of The Great British Bake Off were made, including worm spaghetti, leaf mould pastries and mud cakes.
Hours of fun was had as lucky kids took part in a volunteer preview day to test out our great new outdoor resource.
As regulars to the Big Red Bus Club know, our summer term will see a return of our Free Friday gardening club and this mud kitchen will be a great addition to our garden and external play spaces.
A regular user of the Big Red Bus Club, Oscar Massand, aged two and eight months, said’
“I enjoy playing in the mud kitchen and mixing leaves”.
It’s donations like these from Men in Shed’s and Mears, who donated the sink, which means we can stay free and open to all.
This week Sense the national Deafblind charity launched a report into the discrimination children under five face taking part in play. The findings make bleak reading with children and familiees often excluded and uncatered for.
Read it here https://www.sense.org.uk/play
Thats why we are proud that since January Monday's 10am - 2am are part of our Play Plus initiative providing a safe space for familiees and children under five with additional needs. Open to all and still free to attend.