See Me: A play space for neurodivergent children

by Alice Davies in Margate, Kent, United Kingdom

See Me: A play space for neurodivergent children

Total raised £3,566

raised so far

70

supporters

A play space for neurodivergent children and their families.

by Alice Davies in Margate, Kent, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 14th April 2023 we'd raised £3,066 with 69 supporters in 38 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Continue the group (hopefully for many years), hire the room and storage, keep resources stocked up, get resources that meet the individual needs of children as they arise, have the opportunity to expand the group to weekly rather than fortnightly, and add additional groups for early years or 8 years plus.


See Me: A play space for neurodivergent children and families. 

We are beginning a fortnightly play space for neurodivergent children from ages 4-8 and their families, in Thanet. The group will be held once a fortnight (on the second and forth Monday of the month) at 3.30-5pm @ St.James’ Church, Westbrook, Margate


Why do we need this group?

I have struggled to find many safe feeling spaces that my son, who is autistic, can play truly freely in the ways that he chooses. He is an energetic sensory seeker and is curious about his environment. 

The individual ways that our neurodivergent children play is beautiful and nothing about it needs to change - play is play! We have felt in need of a space that we can relax and feel accepted in, where children can play freely, and where we can feel connected to other neurodivergent families. We hope by creating this space we can fulfil this need for other families in our community.  

Who is the group for?

“Neurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.” 
www.neuroqueer.com/neurodiversity-terms-and-definitions

Some examples of this are, but not limited to: autism, ADHD, sensory processing differences, dyslexia, dyspraxia…

This will be a place where our neurodivergent children’s way of playing and existing will be honoured and celebrated. It will also be a place where families can learn from and support each other, with tea and cake, and where specialist neurodivergent advocates, like Occupational Therapists and Autism Advocates, will come to offer additional specialised support. This will be a Neurodiversity Affirming place.

Diagnosed, self-diagnosed and pre-diagnosis welcome.

School going and home-educated children welcome.

What is the money we are raising for?

We are hoping to raise enough money to buy specialist sensory equipment and play resources to offer a fun and creative play space which will include musical instruments, art materials, sensory play items, climbing equipment, books, toys etc. We would really like to get resources that meet the individual needs and interests of the children who attend, so that they feel really welcome and included. We also hope to raise enough to cover the cost of the space for the first year, so that we can make this group affordable to those with low incomes.  

The space:

The church has a great free flow hall with an indoor area and double doors onto a secure garden, as well as a car park just next to the entrance, and a kitchen.

Who am I?

I am a qualified art psychotherapist and have specialised in working with children, and SEN children, and their families in schools and in the community. My son is 5 years old and is autistic, he is currently home educated.


Please feel free to donate what you can to this cause, and/or purchase one of the rewards or experiences generously donated by artists and local wellbeing practitioners and businesses. Please click on the rewards section for full list of rewards. 

If you need further details about rewards or anything else please contact me on Instagram: @seeme.play 

A selection of some of our rewards:

The following limited edition prints were kindly donated by Hart Club - an amazing organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. https://hartclub.org/

SEE REWARDS FOR MORE INFO ON EACH PRINT AND TO BUY THEM!

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Birds and Moon Screenprint by Julie - The Great Grey - Hart Club - £70 - See Rewards!

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Tiger Risograph - Julie - £20 - See Rewards!

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Exploring Scotland Risograph (A3) David Bassadone - £25 - See Rewards!

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Animalgam Colouring Book - £25.00 - See Rewards!  

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Auto 1940 Risograph (A3) - David Bassedone - £25 - See Rewards! 

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Yellow Head Risograph - Paul Wright - £25 - See Rewards!

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Funny Tablets Risograph - Paul Wright - £25 - See Rewards!

     

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1.‘A Determined Morning’ -

A signed and numbered, limited edition lino cut print by artist Eloise Raab

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Cool, Cool, Cool - Indigo print by Ian Stevenson - £20 - See Rewards!

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'Home' Indigo print by The Daily Penants - £20 - See Rewards


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'This is Love' A signed and numbered original artwork by artist Margo Mc Daid - £45 - See Rewards! Instagram: @margoinmargate

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'Love' A signed and numbered original artwork by artist Margo Mc Daid - £45- See Rewards! Instagram: @margoinmargate



Rewards

This project offered rewards

£55 or more

Birds and Moon screen print

This limited edition screen print was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. The original drawing was made by Christina in a weekly art group for people with Dementia, and was later exhibited in 'The Great Grey' exhibition at Hart Club, London. Edition of 50. Dimensions: 500mm x 700mm. See image in project page.

£75 or more

Tour for two - Margate contemporary art scene

A 2 and a half hour bespoke tour of Margate’s contemporary art scene for two people, with Tate and Sotheby’s art historian Ed Leeson.

£20 or more

Tiger Risograph (A4)

This limited edition risograph by Julie was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. Julie made the original lino cut in collaboration with Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre, an organisation supporting art makers with no formal training but for whom creating is an integral part of their being. Limited edition of 30. Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm. See image in project page.

£20 or more

Animalgam - risograph colouring book

This colouring book was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. Animalgam is a fully risograph printed colouring book of illustrations by artist Jay Cover. Jay created 12 beasts based on suggestions from the public. Each animal is made of a combination of two animals and you can display each piece as a print alone of colour them in. Dimensions: 210mm x 297mm.12 pages. See image in project page.

£20 or more

Auto 1940 Risograph (A3) - David Bassedone

This limited edition risoprint was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. This artwork is by David Bassondone, and was exhibited at Hart Club, London. David works from picture books and magazines and has the incredible ability of capturing dense details and proportions. He always begins bottom left corner and then just draws. Limited edition of 30. A3. See image in project page.

£20 or more

Yellow Head risograph print by artist Paul Wright

This limited edition risograph was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. Paul Wright's paintings pay homage to his on-screen heroes, from Delboy to Peggy Mitchell. This risograph is from a limited edition print series from his Carry On Del Boy exhibition at Hart Club. Limited edition of 30. Dimensions: A3 paper size. 297mm x 420mm. See project page for images.

£20 or more

Cool, Cool, Cool - Indigo print by Ian Stevenson

Prints curated by Aine Donovan, founder of They Made This. Cool, Cool, Cool Indigo print by Ian Stevenson. A4. 324gsm Heavyweight Mohawk Eggshell White Superfine paper.

£20 or more

'Home' Indigo print by The Daily Penants

Prints curated by Aine Donovan, founder of They Made This 'Home' Indigo print by The Daily Penants, A3. 324gsm Heavyweight Mohawk Eggshell White Superfine paper.

£25 or more

Exploring Scotland Risograph (A3) David Bassondon

This limited edition risoprint was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. This artwork is by David Bassondone, and was exhibited at Hart Club, London. David works from picture books and magazines and has the incredible ability of capturing dense details and proportions. He always begins bottom left corner and then just draws. Limited edition of 30. A3.See image in project page.

£25 or more

Funny Tablets risograph print by Paul Wright

This limited edition risograph was donated by Hart Club - an organisation dedicated to championing neurodiversity in the arts. Paul Wright's paintings pay homage to his on-screen heroes, from Delboy to Peggy Mitchell. This risograph is from a limited edition print series from his Carry On Del Boy exhibition at Hart Club. Limited edition of 30. Dimensions: 297mm x 420mm. See project page for images.

£28 or more

3 hours evening babysitting with Cocoon in Margate

3hrs evening baby sitting worth over £40 with the amazing Cocoon childminders team in Margate https://www.instagram.com/p/CnpcTC7sMBx/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

£35 or more

Print by a Margo in Margate

A signed and numbered limited edition print by artist Margo Mc Daid - £45 - See Rewards! Instagram: @margoinmargate

£40 or more

4 week yoga course - Pregnancy or Mum and Baby

A 4 week course of either pregnancy or mum and baby yoga, with Kat in the yoga studio at Union cafe in Ramsgate.

£40 or more

10 week pass Singing Mama’s Choir Ramsgate

Singing mamas meet weekly to sing beautiful, simple songs in a circle, creating harmony with our natural voices. A safe and nurturing space to feel uplifted through singing together(and the babies love it too). All voices welcome, no experience needed, all songs taught by ear. There will be a very warm welcome and some much needed time to sing, recharge and enjoy a chat, tea and cake within a growing community of mothers and children.

£40 or more

Tattoo with Flavia at Sacred Tradition Tattoo

A £40 voucher for a tattoo with @flavia.rose_tattoo at @sacredtraditiontattoo in Margate.

£40 or more

Yoga & Sound Bath @ Margate Yoga Studio

Slow Flow Yoga and Sound Bath at Margate Yoga studio for a group of 5/6 friends. Megan and Katya welcome you to join this beautiful space of sound healing and slow flow yoga accompanied by soothing sounds. The session will end with a tea and an energy ball. Open to anybody who is looking for a space to let go, unwind and re-energise. Mats provided. All levels welcome. Date Saturday 10th or 17th June after 1pm.

£40 or more

ClaySpace Margate 1 hour pottery session for 2

A Voucher for a 1 hour pottery taster session for 2 people at ClaySpace studio, Margate. Worth £50!

£45 or more

Lino cut print by artist Eloise Raab

‘A Determined Morning’ A beautiful signed and numbered limited edition lino cut print by artist Eloise Raab. @eloise.arttt

£50 or more

£50 Voucher for The Grain Grocer, Margate

A £50 voucher for organic grocer, refill store and cafe in Margate. - Whole, vegan, gluten free and sugar free foods - Fresh, local produce - Eco home - Natural health and wellbeing 216 Northdown Road Margate, Kent @thegraingrocer

£60 or more

1-1 Somatic Therapy or Yoga session with Holly

A 50 minute 1-1 session of either Somatic Therapy or Yoga with Neurodivergent Advocate Holly Sutcliffe. https://hollysut.uk/ Somatic Therapy: A somatic therapy to increase resource, expand capacity and create a greater sense of connection. Heal past trauma and/or move through current emotional blocks to ease daily life.

£60 or more

Angela’s Margate - Two course meal for two people

A two course meal for two, plus a glass of wine or soft drink at Angela’s, the incredible Margate restaurant. If you know you know. This is worth £80 - get you and a loved one a treat for a bargain!

£70 or more

Hand crafted silver bangle by Ama

A handcrafted sold silver bangle, chunky and bashed. Made by Ama @Ama_handcraftedsilverjewellery

£75 or more

Lino cut print by artist Eloise Raab

Untitled (Washing line) A beautiful signed and numbered limited edition lino cut print by artist Eloise Raab. @eloise.arttt

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