The Henry Dickens Kids’ Club grew alongside Latimer Community Art Therapy, from the need to provide continued support to all the children and young people who gravitated to the community space in the immediate aftermath of The Grenfell fire. Latimer Community Art Therapy (LCAT)became the umbrella company and The HD community team was formed by the residents and local qualified youth team that were brought in to strengthen the provision. Both teams have at their core a desire to provide a safe, welcoming space that empowers the community to take control of their own healing and development process. The coexistence and close working relationship of both the LCAT Art Psychotherapy team and The HD Community Team has created a unique environment where high quality support is accessible when needed.
The HD Kids’ Club has a child centred approach and the children are very much involved in the planning and decision making processes, underpinned with both professional expertise and highly experienced local support. The five pillars on which we build the work that we do are:
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Community Values
We believe that by applying these values throughout the work that we do, we can support our young people as they experience the many challenging issues that this particular pocket of West London continues to face.
We don’t claim that we have a magic solution to any of these issues, but our collective expertise and local depth of experience does enable us to assist children and young people in learning how to navigate such issues for themselves.
The Kids Club is held on the following days:
- Monday with homework support for KS1 (3.15-5.30pm)
- Tuesday with homework support for KS2 (3.15-5.30pm)
- Thursday for KS1 (3.15-5.30pm)
- Friday with art therapy open group and homework support KS2 (3.15-5.30pm)
- Saturday with art therapy open group KS1 (10am-12noon)
- Saturday KS2 (1-3pm)