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South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £15,000 to Fund a Parent and Child Psychoanalytic playgroup for asylum seeking and refugee babies, toddlers and their parents.

South East London

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We are a team of parent-infant specialist psychoanalysts and psychotherapists (Fatima Martinez del Solar, Merryn Jones, Teresa Sarmiento and Sophie Dunn). Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to raise funds for a parent and child Psychoanalytic playgroup for asylum seeking and refugee families, who are most in need. This project aims to support the parent/ child relationships in early childhood (0-3 years), within the refugee and asylum seeking population of South London. It will also support families with no recourse to public funds who struggle to access other services.

Specialist therapeutic help will support wellbeing and parenting in asylum seeking and refugee parents, potentially suffering from post-natal depression, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, etc, in an environment that helps foster attachment and development in their children. It aims to improve the life conditions of a population identified as very high need in terms of mental and physical health. For instance, parents with adverse experiences face huge additional struggles with parenting young children, which in turn can have a lasting impact on the child’s own development.

In 1938, Anna Freud arrived in the UK as an "Enemy Alien" and refugee. With the outbreak of war she opened three residential nurseries for children who were homeless, refugees or liberated from concentration camps. Most of the staff who worked alongside her were also fellow exiles or refugees. So many years later we are trying to continue her legacy. Our approach is based on a trusted and researched model developed by Anna Freud, which aims to prevent longer term difficulties by early intervention. The model aims to build confidence, form group bonds, build up community strengths, break isolation and improve mental health by enhancing the understanding of the emotional needs of young children and parents in the interactions occurring within the group space. The Windsor Walk therapeutic playgroup provides a playful, friendly space where asylum seeking/ refugee parents and babies/toddlers can play and socialise, facilitated by psychotherapists specialising in early years and child development.

With the money raised we will pay staff, get a large garden playroom (equivalent to Anna Freud's original one), equipment for outdoor play, including bikes, sand pits and other toys, as well as a gazebo to provide a covered space. We also need to cover the cost of refreshments and travel fares for families.

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  • South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy2 months ago
    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    2 months ago

    Hello! The 17 children and their parents continue to come to playgroup every week and friendships have been made, which is a huge success given that isolation is a big problem for many displaced people newly arrived in the UK. Our playgroup leaders won't just stop here. We plan to replicate this community project in other areas across London and nationally. Further partnership and funding opportunities are in motion - we will keep you posted. Thanks again for your support, Fatima, Merryn, Teresa, Sophie and the 10 Windsor Walk team

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  • South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy8 months ago
    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    8 months ago

    To our supporters, Our group has closed for two weeks over the end of the year. It has been a huge success, providing a safe holding environment for around ten refugees and asylum seeking families originating from Nigeria, Albania, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Eritrea. We really appreciate all of your generosity so far. If you are able to continue to support us we would be most thankful. Please donate to a worthy cause over the Christmas period and share our page 🙏 Many thanks for your support and wishing you a happy holiday!

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  • South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy10 months ago
    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

    10 months ago
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    So delighted that we have started our Asylum seeking and refugees playgroup. We have 8 mums an 9 small babies and toddlers beautiful people from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Albania, Eritrea, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Thank you so much for your generous contributions. Please keep sharing the post and help us reach our target.

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Page last updated on: 6/24/2022 15.49

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154

  • Anna Tully

    Anna Tully

    Apr 26, 2022

    £20.00

  • Anna and Dan

    Anna and Dan

    Nov 8, 2021

    Well done Fred for getting on your bike for a great cause!

    £30.00

  • Mimi and Bruno

    Mimi and Bruno

    Nov 8, 2021

    We loved the cycle challenge and even better it being for a good cause.

    £40.00

  • Cathy

    Cathy

    Nov 8, 2021

    Sorry we couldn’t make the sponsored cycle, all the best in hitting the target x

    £20.00

  • Hector

    Hector

    Nov 8, 2021

    Payment made by grandparents sponsoring young grandson’s cycle ride to help this charity

    £50.00

  • Nancy and Ivy

    Nancy and Ivy

    Nov 7, 2021

    Thanks for organising the fund raising cycle to support this excellent cause.

    £40.00

  • POPPY MILLER

    POPPY MILLER

    Nov 7, 2021

    £20.00

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South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

South London Centre for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

South East London

10 Windsor Walk is a community interest company (CIC) funded to provide a range of psychological services to community in need in South London.

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