Charity of the Month

A.P.P.L.E. Play

“Our purpose is to support children and young people by providing free, open access recreational, educational and creative activities out of school hours”

A.P.P.L.E was established in 1996 by local parents who came together as parents with young children at the local, council-run Play Centre, a visionary, government-funded scheme that provided buildings and playgrounds in deprived areas. It was in this environment that they learnt how to organise activities, how to support each other, how to work out what was needed. So we put on barbeques, organised trips out, summer fetes, football competitions and all manner of events. A.P.P.L.E. was started.

In the early days, they ran one-off projects with the blessing of the London Borough of Ealing’s Play Service, and the use of their building. Five years on in 2003 they acquired the lease of the disused public toilet block next to Acton Park from the local authority. The derelict building was transformed into a thriving centre, which was named The ART BLOCK and opened on 3rd May.

A.P.P.L.E is therefore situated opposite the Vale Estate in East Acton Ward. They have worked in John Perryn Primary School in East Acton for the past 15 years. They work in partnership with LB Ealing Youth and Connexions and with Bollo Brook Youth Centre in South Acton. A.P.P.L.E provides a centre for children and young people from 8-18 years old.

One of the biggest problems many of our young people face is being constantly surrounded by a background of drug, crime and gang activity on the local estates: crossing the estate to get the bus to school, in the stairwell of a block of flats, in the playground. It is essential that young people are provided for and given positive alternatives.

Most of the young people attend Ark Acton Academy – our local high school on Gunnersbury Lane where there is a very large proportion of students from backgrounds of deprivation, many from ethnic minority groups and speaking English as an additional language. A.P.P.L.E has a self-referral system, mainly through word of mouth. The centre is somewhere where children and young people can feel supported and find a path through for themselves. Many are experiencing difficulties somewhere in their lives. There are many complex issues such as sexual identity, learning difficulties, and social issues such as low income and refugee status.

A.P.P.L.E. is a registered charity (1076880).

During the course of the next two months, we will be joined by someone at A.P.P.L.E. at one of our services to help us understand this vital work more and to strengthen our link.

The PCC has decided to support A.P.P.L.E. this month and next as part of the Diocesan wide drive to raise awareness of youth safety and support projects engaged in this vital work. We will be donating from church funds and invite you to give also online. You can do so via the paypal giving fund or easyfundraising.



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