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4th February 2022

Funding helps support local families

IM Properties (IMP) is helping to fund a new Theraplay workshop for children and parents organised by Beacon Family Services to help deal with family trauma.

It’s the second time the Sutton Coldfield based charity has been awarded a grant from IMP’s Peddimore Community fund, supporting grassroots organisations surrounding its Minworth Scheme.

Charlotte Jenkins, founder of Beacon Family Services says the money is well spent when you see the amazing feedback they get from parents.

“You can clearly see the benefits from our workshops where we teach parents and children to connect through play.

“Often parents feel they’re not good enough and are failing, however we show them they do have the skills and how the whole family can be made to feel safe and secure.

“Once this is established, other aspects of life fall into place and both parents and children appreciate each other more and self-belief goes up and stress levels go down.”

Charlotte says they are now working on a digital model to offer sustainable support to a wider audience.

“We know what we do really does work, and this approach could have far reaching benefits for any family.

“We’re all busy running around and forget it’s often the simple things in life that build memories for children and make them feel secure.”

Now working with a team of 10, Charlotte says thousands of children and parents have been positively impacted by the workshops and the work of Beacon Family Services.

“It’s so great to hear these stories,” says Kerry Amory social value manager for IMP. “You can see the team is so passionate about what they do and genuinely speak from the heart.

“It’s also good to see them working alongside other family support organisations we’ve funded through grants including Sutton Coldfield based Our Place and The Gap.

“The Community Fund has always been about creating benefit where it is most needed, and we really feel we are making some headway and connecting up with the network of organisations offering crucial local services.”

IM Properties is committed to delivering a positive impact to communities outside of the physical boundaries of its developments through its community fund, developing skills and employment opportunities and donating time and resources in partnership with its supply chain.

For further information on how to apply for grants from the Peddimore Community Fund visit https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/peddimore-community-fund/ or call 024 7688 3297.

For further information on Beacon Family Services and their workshops contact https://www.beaconservices.org.uk