See Me Play

See Me Play

At a glance

Causes

  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Small or unincorporated organisation
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

We provide neurodivergent affirming play schemes for children and families in Thanet. Our founder, Alice, started See Me out of need for her son, after struggling to find affirming, safe spaces for play in the local area. For many neurodivergent children, play is treated as a prescribed training ground for masking. At See Me, we allow kids to be themselves and follow their lead. They are afforded agency and respect, and we encourage them to play however they want, not how we want them to.

We also provide a space for parents to meet each other. They can chat, exchange knowledge, and share a cup of tea. This is so important as many families of disabled and neurodivergent kids are isolated, and become withdrawn from the community. While we are moving towards offering drop-off as an option, an important part of See Me remains how we involve and care for the adults in neurodivergent children's lives.

We have been bowled over by the positive feedback we've received since launching in April 2023. We have been lucky enough to receive some great press, and are part of a growing online community of accessible play spaces. We are most proud of how the children have taken real ownership over the space, and are also grateful for the supportive community of parents and families that have emerged around it. For many children, this is the only extra curricular club they are able to attend, which is testament to the importance and value of the services we offer.

Activities

We currently offer stay and play sessions in St James Church, in Westgate-on-Sea, from 3.30-5pm every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. We provide a loose, optional activity per session and have a range of specialist sensory equipment as well as snacks and tea. We are expanding in the spring, and will run some weekend sessions at The Garden Gate project in Cliftonville, and will also run regular training sessions for parents/carers/staff led by experts. 

Current opportunities

Kent, CT9 1NZ

See Me Play is seeking a temporary Trustee to help set us up as a new charity; train our Board; and assist with accounting & reporting...