SEN-den’s story began in August 2019, with free, sensory playgroups and coffee mornings held at various community spaces around Enfield. We received really generous support from Enfield Libraries and Enfield Baptist Church. The response from local families with young, autistic children was extraordinary and well beyond our expectations. The vast majority of children coming to our sessions were enrolled in, or due to start attending mainstream nurseries or primary schools and so their parents and carers were really struggling to meet other families with autistic children.
We quickly realised just how beneficial this kind of service in the community was for local families with young, autistic children and / or children going through the autism diagnosis process. Here are some testimonials: https://sen-den.org.uk/our-current-services/testimonials/
Our operating model and services have developed over the last two years and we now offer a range of play, information and support services from our venue, the Lancaster Centre. We are a not-for-profit business and charge for all services, as this is the only way that we can pay for our venue and running costs. We also apply for grants and are grateful for any donations to help us cover costs and remain viable as a social enterprise.
Please note that we do not receive any financial support from the London Borough of Enfield or the NHS, though we are happy for families to be referred to our activities and services by Cedar House, Cheviots and EASA. All families with young, autistic children are welcome to register for our services. Our charges apply to all families accessing our services.