Our childhood stays with us throughout our lives, and at Body & Soul we’re committed to ensuring that children have the foundations to build a resilient future. We work with children from across London and the UK who live in challenging circumstances or have experienced trauma in their early lives. Our approach brings us closely together with families to ensure our youngest members achieve personal and social growth and positive change through access to a uniquely nurturing and validating environment.
One floor of our building is devoted to our OFSTED-registered children’s centre. This purpose-designed space communicates safety and understanding, yet is constantly evolving into new imaginative worlds to match the monthly theme. Our experienced multi-disciplinary team of teachers, therapists and volunteers provide educational activities that are tailored to the group and appropriate to the age of each child. Their skills are always directed at making everyone feel a part of the session, recognising many of our children experience isolation and struggle with friendships and relationships.
All of our programmes are directed at early intervention. The effects of trauma and adversity can often remain unnoticed in many children. Body & Soul recognises the risk of ‘latent trauma’ emerging later in life and the value of addressing it at the earliest possible stage. Through our extensive experience, we understand the life challenges that lie ahead for our children and the experiences that can instil the self-esteem, resilience and skills that can become the protective factors.