Our Impact

Our Vision

Our Vision

Hackney Playbus’s vision is that children in East London, particularly those most socially excluded, share the same opportunities to grow, thrive and reach
their potential.

Our aims are:

  • To make play and learning opportunities accessible to children aged 0- 4 years old
  • To connect families to support services
  • To improve parenting confidence
  • To reduce social isolation and facilitate community cohesion
Identifying Impact of Our Services

Identifying Impact of Our Services

We engaged a consultant who analysed client feedback from 72 users from 2015 and 2016, surveyed 78 current users and carried out face to face and telephone interviews with beneficiaries of the service, commissioners, funders and partners including inviting feedback about how the service could be improved.

Key Findings

Key Findings

76%

Felt that coming to the Playbus had helped with their child’s learning and development

87%

Felt that coming to the Playbus had helped their child improve their social skills

80%

Felt that their child had benefited from playing with other children on the Playbus

“I can tell my daughter is learning when she goes to the Playbus because she repeats the words and actions she’s learned at the Playbus when she comes home.”

Connect Families to Support Services

Connect Families to Support Services

“I got information on breastfeeding and vitamin supplementation from the Playbus that I hadn’t been aware of previously. I also got some information on child dental health which was really useful.”

Mother

“Being on the Playbus was a great opportunity for us to meet families who we don’t usually get to meet, as some of them don’t access services in their Children’s Centres and we were able to receive some referrals to our service.”

Jenny Marcall, Speech and Language Therapist

61%

Playbus users have been able to access other services as a result of coming to the Playbus

Parenting Ideas and Skills

Parenting Ideas and Skills

67%

Parents and carers said they had gained new ideas about ways to play with their children at home

68%

Parents and carers said they had learned new parenting ideas or skills as a result of attending Playbus sessions

“I’m able to talk with other parents about what they do in bringing up their children. It really helps to know everyone has the same problems and to find out what others do.”

“The staff are very reassuring and supportive of new parents and their anxieties.”

Community Cohesion

Community Cohesion

80%

Playbus users made new friends by coming to Playbus
sessions

52%

Playbus users who made friends at the Playbus made arrangements to meet outside of Playbus projects

“Thanks to the Playbus I made long lasting friendships whom I see outside the Playbus and who help and support me: this is particularly important for me as I’m foreigner and my family don’t live in London.”

Feedback from Community Partners

Feedback from Community Partners

“It normalises experiences across the community. Whatever their background it makes women who use it understand that in parenting everyone has the same experiences and difficulties so it makes them realise they have more in common than what divides them.”

“The community is full of people who feel they are being left behind. Playbus is very aware of it and trying to do things that put a halt to it and breakdown barriers. They give people an environment to discuss and look at the community and what’s going on and how to manage it.”

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