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Bright Horizons Foundation for Children celebrated the opening of their new Bright Space on Friday, in partnership with South Hampshire Women’s refuge in Southampton, which is owned and managed by Stonewater housing Association.
Bright Spaces are the signature initiative of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, whose specific goal is to help children and families in crisis. Working with local communities, shelters and Bright Horizons clients, the Foundation are able to build stimulating spaces equipped with resourced bookshelves, games, toys and more for children of all ages. The Bright Space programme aims to create and support warm, enriching spaces within the community that provide children and families in need with a special place to play, have fun and most of all feel safe.
The Foundation has previously worked with the refuge by donating food parcels, toiletries, clothes and Christmas gift boxes, following on from a partnership between Bright Horizons, the local authority and the refuge to support children and families by offering quality childcare as part of the 2 year old funding scheme.
The new Bright Space is located within the refuges Family Room, the foundation has ensured that the room is suitable for children of all ages, including a place where the women can build friendships and their confidence. It is hoped that the main function of the room will be for mothers and children to bond, with opportunities for families to come together and support each other.
Tracy Wilkes-Green, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children Manager, said, “The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is delighted to have been given the opportunity to build on our relationship with the refuge. We hope that our new Bright Space will help the process of the women and children within the refuge to rebuild their lives and enable them to take the next steps to gain full control of their future. At Bright Horizons, supporting children and families is at the heart of what we do and with the help of our partners we are able to make a real difference to the lives of the children and families in our community”