The Honeypot Children’s Charity’s vision
is for every child to make the most of their one chance at childhood.
Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 – 12 years old. We are the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child’s formative years. Honeypot gives young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
Respite Breaks: 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, we pick up 12 children up from school and they travel to Honeypot House in our minibus, for a weekend of fun activities and time away from the stressful responsibilities they face at home.
Outreach support: The Honeypot Playbus is a specially adapted mobile play centre, where children who experience similar difficulties in their lives meet, play and socialise in a 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 our Playbus there is space for arts and crafts, interactive games, dancing, reading, messy play and sensory toys.
Ongoing contact and support: We ensure that every Honeypot child receives a birthday card, and a Christmas present. Our Christmas road show begins every year in October, travelling the country to hand deliver as many Christmas presents as possible. For many of the children we support it will be the only present they receive.
Although our service is completely free to the children and families we support, it comes at a price. We need to raise over £1.5 million pounds a year to offer our help, and we receive no government funding. Non-uniform days, collections at concerts, cake sales or any fundraising activities to support our work are always very much appreciated.
For more information about Honeypot please visit our website www.honeypot.org.uk or contact Viv on 023 8089 0002.