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The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children opened a new Bright Space at Downview Prison in Surrey, on 8 February 2017.
Bright Spaces are the signature initiative of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, whose specific goal is to help children and families in crisis. Located in homeless shelters, domestic violence refuges, refugee centres, child protection interview suites in police stations, and visiting areas in prisons; Bright Spaces provide vulnerable children with the opportunity to play, learn, build positive relationships and heal from trauma in a place of safety.
The Foundation and its volunteers have created an enriching, child-friendly environment at Downview Prison, where the children can relax and play, and most importantly spend quality time with their loved ones, and maintain and build on their family relationships.
Tracy Wilkes-Green, the Foundation’s Bright Space Manager says, “We are delighted to open our Bright Space for Downview Prison. We created this Bright Space because we know that the children of imprisoned parents are among the most vulnerable in our society, and we also know that offenders are significantly less likely to re-offend on release if they maintain their family ties when in prison. Our Bright Space is designed to help children strengthen their family attachments in an environment in which they feel safe, and where their needs have been taken into account.”
Robin Eldridge, the Governor of the prison, who officially opened the Bright Space said, “I am absolutely thrilled with our fantastic new Bright Space. On behalf of all the children and families who will benefit from this wonderful new facility, I offer my sincere thanks to the Bright Horizons Foundation - suffice to say it will be well used!”