Set up in 2008, Sonshine Club exists to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Hackney and Haringey.
Our work is centred around key lifestyle issues including: physical and mental wellbeing and educational attainment regardless of their social circumstances, disability or financial hardship.
Using hands to decorate balloons is an activity devised to support fine motor skills.
Growing vegetables helps introduce reluctant young people to a healthy diet! It also teaches skills and helps mental health.
Physical exercise helps improve gross motor skills and is overseen by professional physiotherapists.
Both Hackney and Haringey have one very high rates of child poverty. Our children are most often from families living in overcrowded council properties with no access to a garden or safe outdoor space to play.
Children from low-income families have been shown to be more likely to be obese than children from higher-income homes and many have poor understanding of the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.
These disadvantages impact on children’s health, education and life chances with startling long-term affects, not only for the individual, but also for the larger community, as poor health and education creates a dependency on social welfare.
Sonshine Club provides the necessary support to aid these children in achieving the life skills they need to perform in daily life and to progress intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.