Thanks to funding from Awards For All parents in South Yorkshire are one step closer to getting a good night’s sleep.
The Children’s Sleep Charity have been awarded funding to offer a range of support in the region beginning this autumn.
It is estimated that around 40 per cent of children will suffer with sleep issues at some point during their childhood with this figure rising to 86 per cent for children with additional needs.
It is well documented that sleep deprivation can cause a wide range of difficulties for both parent and child including lowering of the immune system, behavioural issues and under achievement in education.
The Children’s Sleep Charity was set up by Vicki Dawson, who was born and brought up in Barnsley.
The charity’s aim is for the importance of sleep to be recognised and to support families using a behavioural approach.
Vicki said: “It can be exhausting when you have a child that doesn’t sleep and parents often don’t know what to do next to help them.
“At the charity we offer support to improve sleep patterns at night time and work in partnership with families to help everybody to feel more rested.”
The project kicks off next month with the first of a series of accredited sleep workshops being held in the town.
These are open to both parents and practitioners.
Later in the year there will be sleep clinics available and funded training for family support workers.
To find out more about the workshops and to book your place please firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively telephone 07852 951165.