The Children’s Sleep Charity was set up in 2012 by Vicki Dawson, a once sleep deprived mum. Vicki recognised the lack of support that is available for families when a youngster has a sleep issue through her own personal experience. Our work uses a behavioural approach to sleep to empower families and young people to improve sleep patterns. Most sleep issues are behavioural rather than medical.
Sleep issues are highly prevalent in childhood with around 40% of children suffering with them at some stage, in children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities this figure can rise to over 80%. Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on health and well-being, our support ensures that sleep habits improve and youngsters are more likely to reach their full potential.
Our delivery model involves working in a number of different ways. We work directly with families and young people. Our service has been commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group in Doncaster for the last 3 years, achieving over a 90% success rate. We have developed a model where we offer a 3 day accredited Sleep Practitioner course to professionals to ensure they embed our work in their communities, extending our reach dramatically. Typically we train Health Visitors, School Nurses and Pediatricians who then filter our work back via the NHS.
Our work has also been researched as part of a Health Foundation funded project around supporting vulnerable children in Sheffield. We worked in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield City Council, the research results showed that on average children gained an additional 2.4 hours sleep per night when our methods were utilised and 100% of families said they would recommend the support.
Our model of training others ensures that we reach a high number of beneficiaries indirectly. In June 2018 we were presented with a national award from the Foundation for Social Improvement winning the category of ‘Small Charity, Big Impact’.
Giveacar and its donors are proud supporters of Children’s Sleep charity, as it provides support for those families effected by sleep issues. If you’re planning to scrap or sell your car, give a car instead to better the health and well-being of those in need. Do a good deed and help them continue the work they do at Children’s Sleep Charity when you donate your car.