Welcome to our newsletter for Summer 2019.


The last few months have seen the charity develop and grow further in order to attempt to meet the huge demand for our support.  This growth would not be possible without the backing of the many advocates we have across the country, the professionals who access our training, the families who trust us to support them and our amazing team of staff and volunteers. 
 
Below is a round up of some of the highlights from over the last few months including our first national conference to launch our partnership research around vulnerable children with sleep issues.  You can also find out more about our latest campaign, details on our current vacancy and a fundraising high from 15,000 feet!


  
Conference

In March we were joined by 100 delegates at our national conference, held in partnership with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  The programme included a range of speakers including Commissioners from Sheffield City Council and Professor Heather Elphick, lead at Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s sleep clinic and also our Chair of Trustees.  
Delegates were able to learn about the model utilised in Sheffield to support vulnerable children to improve their sleep.  Findings clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention and 100% of families who took part would recommend the programme to others.  Cost saving was also highlighted in the presentations and the research found that on average children gained an impressive additional 2.4 hours sleep.  We were delighted to be joined by a range of delegates from across the country including commissioners and service leads.  It is vitally important that children’s sleep issues are addressed in order to support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the whole family. 

For more information about commissioning a sleep service please email us at info@thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk

 
 
Awards
 
In May were honoured to receive the GSK IMPACT award in partnership with The King’s Fund.  Over 370 organisations from across the UK applied for the award, and we were delighted when we were named as one of the 10 winners for 2019. It was a proud moment,  and our hope is that this will help us to increase awareness about the importance of sleep.

The assessment process was rigorous with every aspect of our work being carefully scrutinised.  This in itself was incredibly useful as it has supported us in identifying ways that we can improve further.  Part of our prize was to receive a 3 day leadership programme at The King’s Fund, an exciting opportunity for us to gain expert advice and also to meet with other winners to share information and offer mutual support.


Another element of the prize is an unrestricted donation of £30,000 which is an enormous sum.  Securing funding is an ongoing challenge that we face, this will ensure that some of our core costs are met which is incredibly important. We were also delighted to work with Toucan Productions as part of the award who produced a short film of our work that you can watch below.  We didn’t see this until the actual award ceremony when it was projected onto the huge IMAX screen at the British Science Museum.   

Thanks go to GSK, The King’s Fund and Toucan Productions for their support so far as well as to the other winners who it was a pleasure to meet. See the film made of our work on our homepage


Research

In early May the final report from our research project, delivered in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield City Council, became available to be downloaded from the Health Foundation. 
This report demonstrates the effectiveness of a behavioural approach to sleep and we hope that it helps more families to secure access to sleep services nationally. You can download the report HERE

  
Training Delivered

Thanks to all the delegates who have attended our training recently. Feedback remains consistently very high and we are so proud that all trained health professionals will carry on our sleep work providing support to families within their community.
 
Thanks to funding from Awards for All we were able to provide direct support to over 60 families in West Yorkshire and deliver training to practitioners so that they can continue to embed sleep support in the area.
 
Vicki Dawson went to Guernsey to deliver Sleep Better Training. It was a privilege it to work with the team at Autism Guernsey. They do some tremendous work on the island, a real inspirational team who were supported by their local fundraisers Only Fools and Donkeys. 


Thanks also goes to Awards for All Wales, who funded training to practitioners and families in the Flintshire area. 


We delivered a series of  workshops across the country kindly sponsored by Slumbersac and are hugely grateful for their continued support.  


Training Available to Book:
 
Our training is always popular and oversubscribed, we recommend you book as soon as possible.

Sleep Practitioner Training 25th and 26th Sept and 4th Nov 

CPD Day for Sleep Practitioners around bedtime stories 14th Nov

Our training can be commissioned, for a full list of courses and costs please do get in touch. 
 

Come and See Us

Are you attending any of these events? Stay tuned on Facebook as we always post out stand number so that you can find us. We would love to see you at ADHD Foundation conference October and Kidz Up North November


Coming up. 

In November, Vicki Dawson will be speaking at the British Sleep Society Annual Conference in Birmingham. 

 
Applications Open for Chair of Trustees


We are currently recruiting for a new Chair of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity to support our ambitious charity in the next phase of our growth and development. Full details are available by following clicking here

  
Upcoming Campaign

We are planning more campaigning work to raise the profile of sleep. It's very exciting but all in the planning stages, so that is all we can reveal right now. As soon as we are able, we will be sharing more!

 
And Finally…
Fundraising at Fifteen Thousand Feet


Our wonderful Finance Officer, Nicola,  took dedication to the highest level (literally) by choosing to complete a charity sky dive to raise awareness and funds.Thank you again Nicola. You are a total inspiration and we are very grateful to you.

 
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