Play Association Hammersmith & Fulham is an organisation which cannot work without the support of those who use our services and here are some quotes from parents of children and young people of Play Association's projects:
"Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham play a vital role in providing meaningful and enjoyable play for my son. They are very professional and extremely helpful in dealing with my son’s complex needs. This is a valuable service that provides me with the necessary respite, for which I am very thankful for."
"My son loves attending play centre. He is always in a good mood in the morning, and he always come home in a good mood. The staff are amazing, especially Pam. The staff always write comments in his book which is really helpful, and I know what his day was like. A big thank you from my son and family and keep up the good work."
"We have been using the Antony Lilis play-scheme for a good number of years now. I can honestly say my child who is now 12 absolutely loves going to play-scheme.
I for one can rest that he is in a safe and enjoyable environment, where he can run free and enjoy the social interaction of his friends. Over the years he has changed and this hasn't phased the staff in any way, they are highly trained and know my child so well, they know what works for him and what doesn't.
We treat the play-scheme like our extended family we trust them with our child and he is always happy when he has been there. The play-scheme really does allow us as a family time to breathe, time to spend with our other two children who do miss out on time with us. It allows some routine that has been lost when he is not at school. Without the play-scheme we would be totally lost."
"PAHF were recommended to me by Merton council when I was investigating disability-friendly activities to do with my so, who was 6 at the time and diagnosed with autism and ADHD. PAHF was running a service with an Adventure playground and additional activities for children to enjoy.
AS soon as we walked in, we felt completely comfortable with the staff, who instantly understood my son’s condition and how it affected him. At the time, I would usually find myself explaining his behaviour to new people, but I knew I didn’t need to with the Play Association staff. The activities they organised changed every week and included music, arts and lots of sensory play which is great for children with complex needs.
Over time, my son developed good relationships with the staff through their consistency and understanding of his condition. As a parent, I found the sessions really enjoyable – it is usually hard to socialise when you have a disabled child but through PAHF I learnt more about my sons disabilities which helped me plan for the future and realise I was actually doing a really good job as a parent.
The Play Association achieve a good balance of providing specialised services for disabled children while treating them with dignity and respect with mainstream children receive. I would definitely recommend the Play Association to other parents with disabled children and I think it is an excellent local charity with great staff and intentions."
Parent, Stephen Christie