Child Dynamix creates inspiring environments for young people

Published: Friday 20th January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Founded in 2005, Child Dynamix works with children, young people, parents, families and carers across the Humber region to create communities in which children can thrive.

We caught up with Caroline East, Head of Operations, to discover more about the fantastic services they deliver and how you can get involved.

“Child Dynamix is a very broad charity, but we have three key themes of work,” Caroline explains. “These are youth, sport and play work, family support, and community childcare. Each is diverse in its own right.”

Born out of several pre-existing regeneration projects in the Preston Road area in the early 2000s, Child Dynamix has grown exponentially.

Expanding from their original childcare provision service, they have now developed a wide range of facilities. Child Dynamix runs youth clubs, play work groups, parent peer mentoring schemes, sports activities, the Little Stars Children’s Centre, and even their own charity shops.

They have also extended geographically: “We work mainly with communities in East Hull, Caroline adds. “However, we offer services across the whole of Hull, and also the Humber sub-region.”

“Our main goal is to create communities where children and young people thrive,” she enthuses. “We create environments and deliver activities, which enables them to recognise and realise their individual aspirations and potentials.”

The Child Dynamix Youth, Sport and Play Work team offers a spectrum of benefits to local communities. These include organising school-based sports sessions, outdoor nature activities for young people, and activity groups for young offenders.

On top of this, the charity delivers training in sexual health and exploitation, as well as emotional and mental health support and guidance.

“This year, we’re looking for young people to help us build a kit car to race as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations,” Caroline tells us. “And we’re always open to new volunteers joining us to lend a hand with these sessions.”

Child Dynamix also provides tailored support for local families. This includes help with parenting, debt management, one-to-one work in the family home, or sourcing much-needed replacement white goods and baby equipment.

Furthermore, the charity has been running community day nurseries for the past 15 years. They have three in Hull, plus the one in Grimsby, focusing on creating quality first-class childcare and family support in areas of deprivation.

The charity offers over 140 places, providing childcare for around 300 children every week.

The nurseries offer funded places for children aged 2-4, alongside private places that are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. All of these have Good OFSTED ratings.

Employing over 100 staff to help provide their vast array of services, Child Dynamix also works with 50+ volunteers.

“We try to make our volunteering opportunities as flexible as possible,” says Caroline. “Whether you’re a parent who wants to lend a hand in one of our sessions or someone who needs retail experience to secure a job, we’re very happy to adapt to an individual’s needs.”

“Whether you’re a parent who wants to lend a hand in one of our sessions or someone who needs retail experience to secure a job, we’re very happy to adapt to an individual’s needs.”

Child Dynamix was successful with some funding from the Transform Foundation to develop a new interactive website, which will go live on 30 January. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more, please email info@childdynamix.co.uk

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Published: Friday 20th January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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