The key feature in developing The Froebel Trusts policy and public awareness work has been the new Innovations Grant fund. Grants support the application of Froebelian principles in new ways and environments in order to support children to play expressively and creatively.
A grant was agreed to enable Home-Start UK to create Specialist Volunteer Hubs and develop a new model of family and child support, based on Froebelian principles, to enhance their traditional model of home support. The project uses trained volunteers to support families and young children to develop creative indoor activities and to access outdoor space, creating connections between indoor and out, whilst developing activities in a way that they can discover and develop their individual abilities.
SAFE Child Africa
A second grant was agreed to enable SAFE Child Africa to lay the foundations for engaging and building trust with children who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, violence, mutilation or loss. The project is developing the therapeutic use of play to be the cornerstone for helping children to share their experiences, tell their own stories and reconnect with their culture and wider society.