A Doncaster based charity has won a special award at the national Children and Young People Now Awards, marking their third award win in the last six months.
The Children’s Sleep Charity was awarded the Children and Young Peoples’ Charity for 2018 adding to the accolades from the Royal Society for Public Health Award for children and young people and the Foundation for Social Improvement.
Vicki Dawson, Chief Executive and creator of The Children’s Sleep Charity, said: “We are thrilled to have won our third award this year.
“Having our work recognised at a national level is wonderful for the profile of our charity. We might be based in Doncaster but the work we do has an impact on children everywhere.
“Our award-winning charity supports children with sleep issues, providing support for families and accredited training for professionals and commercial organisations.
“Sleep issues have a huge impact on everyday life affecting children’s mental, physical and emotional health and that of their families.”
Research shows that up to 40% of children will at some point experience a sleep issue. By ensuring that sleep support is available to those that need it, The Children’s Sleep Charity are confident that vast improvements will be seen in the nation’s health and well-being thus reducing pressure on public services.
The Children and Young People Now Award was presented to a charity or social enterprise that has made the most impressive contribution, at a local or national level, in improving the life chances of children, young people or families.
The organisers said that The Sleep Charity demonstrated that they had achievements driven through a combination of innovative practice, effective partnership working and campaigning for change.
“We are proud to have received this award as a result of our campaigning work at national and Government level where we are driving awareness and pushing for change. We have delivered a manifesto to Government which focuses on working for a better national understanding of the importance of sleep and campaigning for quality sleep support to be available for families.
“It is vitally important that sleep is recognised as a pivotal component of mental health. Our manifesto has already received support from Netmums, The Sleep Council and The Mental Health Foundation,” added Vicki.
The knock on impact of sleep issues on a family can mean that parents are unable to work effectively or carry out their everyday activities, impacting on the economy and health service.
Dr Andrew Mayers, psychologist, Bournemouth University, said: “Thanks to the work of the Children’s Sleep Charity, families’ lives are improved on a daily basis.
“Sleep deprivation plays a huge rule in mental wellbeing at all ages, but especially for children. Poor sleep is a major risk factor in all mental health problems.
“By supporting children to get a better night’s sleep, the Children’s Sleep Charity is establishing routines that will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. I am proud to support this charity and their important work.”
Other awards received this year by the charity are the FSI Award for Small Charity Big Impact and the Royal Society for Public Health Award for children and young people.
For further information about The Children’s Sleep Charity and the work they do to help families visit www.thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk