The Honeypot Children's Charity

Cake Stall

Olney Market Place

Saturday 13th October 2018

Commencing 10:00am

Have you heard of The Honeypot Children’s Charity? 

Neither had we until we were approached by one of the other Lions clubs in Milton Keynes who were setting up an awareness session to see if it was an organisation worth supporting. 

A few of our members went along and gave a very positive review of the meeting with feedback such as being amazed at the number of young children who are living a life of dedication to a parent and who are missing out on 'childhood'.  The traumas that such children had to go through as the basically lived a 'double life' of carer (some as young as 5 years old)  and it didn't take too long to agree a Milton Keynes wide response with donations from each club present being pledged (£250 in the case of our club) and a strategy for ongoing support being discussed.
The charity offers both respite breaks and outreach support to young carers and vulnerable children, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn.

They are proud to be the only charity in the UK offering consistent support throughout childhood from the age of 5 until a child’s 12th birthday as they lead a life of looking after a disabled parent and themselves. 

But how does the charity do it?

Honeypot House is located in the beautiful New Forest, and has seven acres of idyllic grounds where children can, put very simply, be children. Each Friday, 12 children are picked up from school and travel to Honeypot House in the charities mini bus. 
A weekend of fun activities and time away from the stressful responsibilities they face at home follows and during school
holidays, children can experience almost a whole week away.   Choosing from swimming in the pool, playing on the adventure playground, riding bikes, visiting pets corner or baking special treats are just some of the ways in which these children are able to play, have fun, and make happy memories which they can cherish for years to come.
In the summer of 2016, Honeypot Pen y Bryn in mid-Wales was opened, a second respite home which has allowed the charity to expand their services to young carers living in and around Wales, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.
But what about children who can't leave their parents for a weekend?

The Honeypot Playbus is a specially adapted mobile play centre, where children who experience similar difficulties and deprivation in their lives meet, play and socialise in a non-judgmental, safe and therapeutic environment.

The Playbus focuses on play, fun and interaction between peers with the support of positive adult role models. Each Honeypot child will be visited three times a year in their own community by the bus, giving them the rare opportunity to play freely.

On board the Playbus there is space for arts and crafts, interactive games, dancing, reading, messy play and sensory toys.

Come along on Saturday, learn a bit about The Honeypot Children's Charity and buy some of our delicious home made cakes.

Do you bake?   If so, why not get the pots, pans, flour and whatever else you need, out and make a cake for our stall.   All donations will be gratefully received on the day.  Just pop down and hand them to the Lions members on duty.