About dame vera lynn children's charity

The Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity supports children up to five years old with cerebral palsy and motor learning impairments from all social and ethnic groups across the South East. 

Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects movement, balance and posture as well as cognitive, social and communication skills and is often caused by an injury to the brain. Early intervention is important to enable children to learn and develop physically, socially and emotionally, forming the bedrock of the independence that they can achieve later in life.

At this unprecedented time, knowing the charity is here and able to support families in whatever ways possible is a vital lifeline.

Glenys Creese
Head of Centre, Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity  


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How the £12,200 grant from the CAF Resilience Fund helped support young children with cerebral palsy

Online sessions increased

The charity supports 61 children, with 9 new families joining since the beginning of lockdown.

Maintaining Progress

Ensuring that the children do not miss out on maintaining progress or developing vital skills that will give them greater independence.

Secure Future

Paying rent and technology costs to ensure they break even at the end of the year.

dame vera lynn children's charity: Their story

The last year has been particularly challenging for families supported by the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. These families have extremely complex needs and depend on a variety of support, advice and services. Many families have not able to access the NHS services and support networks they have used in the past. Some have been shielding for extended periods of time, afraid to leave the safety of their home.

After the start of the pandemic, the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity moved their services to an online format.  Having these online sessions ensured that children did not miss out on maintaining progress or stop developing vital skills.  With the CAF Resilience Fund grant, the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity were able to ensure they will one day be able to reopen their doors to families and to help ensure children become as independent as possible.


The Impact

Having the online sessions will ensure that these children do not miss out on maintaining progress or lose out on developing vital skills that will give them greater independence.

"The weekly sessions have really given me a point in the week when I focus and make sure that Joey is doing the therapy he needs.  It is brilliant that when I have had to change session times the charity have been able to accommodate Joey and I so that we still have that time each week."

Dawn, a parent


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This funding has been jointly provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Community Match Challenge funding scheme as part of the Government's £750 million coronavirus support package for charities along with matched funding by the Covid-19 Support Fund created by the insurance and long-term savings industry.

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