Daniel's Den (DD) is a grassroots charity based in Brent (also incorporated as a company Daniel’s Den Limited) and its purpose is to encourage and enrich family life in order to build stronger communities. It started as a small parent and toddler group and over the last 20 years has grown and developed in many ways - it now works annually with 250 families from 45+ nationalities. It provides a safe welcoming space online and face-to-face, for parents/carers and children to play and learn together in a structured format (sessional toddler groups involving crafts, toys, singing, playdough etc).
The charity offers parenting support through running these groups and this in turn addresses the fact that in Brent (the most ethnically diverse borough in London) only 57% of under-fives achieve the recommended targets in early years’ attainment according to local government statistics. With at least 50 % of our service users born outside the UK, we provide the opportunity to enable people to know and be known in their local community as well as to build relationships that matter within and beyond their cultural and ethnic group.
We have a growing team of 30+ volunteers who often go on to find work, or volunteer elsewhere, because of their volunteering experience. Daniel’s Den has a proven track record and is well respected both locally and nationally by local communities, politicians and community leaders. Our latest Impact Report demonstrates some of our recent work.
We currently employ a Chief Executive, two part-time Administrators and a part-time Volunteer Coordinator and paid Sessional Workers. The team will be competed with the appointment of an Operations Manager and Fundraiser. The Chief Executive is a qualified teacher and has run the toddler groups and Daniel’s Den itself from the inception. She is well-networked and is continually researching early years development and ensuring that the latest evidence-based research is used to shape the way Daniel’s Den’s sessions are run. The service is dependent on contributions from several experienced and highly skilled loyal volunteers who help to run sessions and provide administrative support in the office.