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. Continue reading
Local Charlton councillors Allan McCarthy and Miranda Williams breathed a huge sigh of relief when they found out from Santa that they were on this year’s nice list. Both councillors met Santa when he visited the Big Red Bus Club Winter Fair in Charlton Park. The local charity, which is raising money to replace its windows, holds daily play and stay sessions for under-fives and their families every weekday. Santa meet lots of local children and gave many presents and stickers before turning his attention to the local politicians. Santa said, “Although I am busy this time of year, I can always make a little time to share the magic of Christmas with the Big Red Bus Club. I was also very pleased to see Miranda and Allan on this year’s nice list as they both have spent time on the naughty list.” Local Resident Simon Peirce, who popped out when Santa visited, commented "The Big Red Bus Club has had a fantastic year, installing new lighting and heating with donations from local people and the Greenwich Lions Club. An amazing achievement. I wish them all the best for next year".
This year has seen a host of fundraising activities from the Royal Greenwich Lions Club who have generously raised £2000 for the Big Red Bus Club. The wonderful contribution from the Lions and Matthew Drewry and Mike Graser (100K Bike Ride) in 2013 has meant this winter the Big Red Bus Club will be hotter than ever with new lights and new electric heaters.
A huge thank you to the Charlton Guides who camped over night at the Big Red Bus Club to paint a wonderful nursery inspired mural on the back wall. All those involved were working towards thier community badges. The Charlton Guides meet every Tuesday night in the Big Red Bus Club so pop down if you would like to get more involved.
A big thanks to all the volunteers who came along today to plant two new borders. As ever it's a real hodge podge jasmine and honey suckle for the nose, gladioli to touch, a riot of colour for the eyes and an apple tree for tasting. Volunteers and thier children took advantage of the glorious weather to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Continue reading
Hello All, Please note we will be cancelling our sessions on Wednesday 11th and Wednesday 25th February. As you know The Big Red Bus Club couldn't open and run without our volunteers. Therefore as you will understand every now and again life gets in the way!So as always a huge thanks to all the volunteers and please do spread the word about our closure dates. Best wishes and see you at club soon. Tara
We will be closed from Monday the 22nd December and will open again on Monday the 5th January. We would like to wish all our visitors a wonderful christmas and new year.
Our lovely volunteers will be opening the club through the summer (except Thursdays during July) from 12.30 to 3.00pm. So if you are at a loose end during the holidays, please pop along and say hello (the kettle will always be on). £1.00 donation (only charged in summer to help keep us running)!