Our ongoing work with children and young people means that we often need to send out appeals for a variety of items.

We help over 500 children and young people each year, supporting them and the wider family for periods of many weeks and months. We rely on the generosity of people like you to provide the extras that help us to make a difference to the lives of the children and young people that we work with. 

Read on to see how you can help.


Do you love knitting?

If so, we'd like your help in knitting a worry doll or soft ball for the children we're working with. 

We also need soft balls of various sizes from those that can be picked up by tiny hands to those that teenagers can squeeze and throw, single coloured, multi coloured….the choice is yours.

The worry dolls, originally from Guatemala are used by children to tell their worries to. Traditionally, the children would tell the doll their worries as they were going to bed, place the dolls under their pillows, and by morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate the worries. We would love to be able to give all the children and young people we work with a worry doll to use both during and after support from Haven. 

Thank you very much to all our very busy knitters


The Mac-Pacs came about when 3 primary school children contacted us to ask how they could practically help the children and young people that we work with. They’d already had the idea of making up a bag of craft and activity items to be given to the children and young people when they first come to Haven. We thought this was a great idea and soon after, we received the first packs. 

They've been a big success!

Our practitioner's use the mac-pac as an icebreaker to help the children relax, or as a distraction to help with stress and anxiety. Some practitioners also use them as a worry box to help with the child's wellbeing. 

We now aim to provide a pack for all the children and young people who access our service. We work with a lot of children and young people, so we need a continuous supply of packs, around 450 each year. 

With such large numbers, we can’t do it on our own. We need your help, and no help is too small. Here's how you can give your support:

  • donate ready-made packs,
  • donate items for our volunteers to make into packs, or
  • make a donation, so that we can buy the items for the packs. 

The contents for the packs vary as they are given to all ages and we keep the items as gender neutral as possible.

Items contained in the packs include:

Play dough, a glitter sensory bottle, colouring pattern sheets and coloured pencils, origami paper and instructions to make a bookmark or similar, small (homemade) weaving card plus wool/ribbon to thread through, fluffy socks, stress ball, Rubik cube, slime, note books, paints, sketch books or anything that can distract a child or young person who is feeling a bit low.

We also need small brown paper bags for making up the packs.  

Unfortunately, due to health and safety regulations we are unable to accept used items.

What next?

We plan to extend this idea by providing a wellbeing pack for every safe carer when we first meet them.

More to follow……….