The Purple Elephant Project

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The Purple Elephant Project

The Purple Elephant Project

The Purple Elephant Project By The Purple Elephant Project

We plan to transform a building on the grounds of a primary school into a community hub offering child and parent therapeutic support for the school and families across Richmond & Hounslow boroughs

Twickenham Fundraising stage

pledged of £25,830
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £25,830 by 09 Nov 2019

The Purple Elephant Project plans to transform an ex-caretaker's house on the grounds of a primary school into a welcoming and safe place for children, young people, parents and carers to access vital therapeutic support. Play therapy and therapeutic parenting training will be just some of the services offered by a team of qualified experts. In order to begin supporting families, we need to secure funding to purchase equipment, set up a therapy room and sensory space and create an enclosed therapeutic garden. Our vision for the Purple Elephant Project 'hub' is that it will feel like a home-from-home for children and families who desperately need support. In order to do this we need to purchase everything from the furniture to the toys, and the cutlery to the play-doh! This will be a much-needed addition to the local community which will help countless families and schools. Please help us make a space to listen to children and young people. At Purple Elephant we're all ears.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a play therapy room and sensory space
  • Create an outside therapeutic space and garden
  • Create a group training room
  • Provide a nurturing waiting area for parents and carers
  • Provide a welcoming efficient office space
  • Plant and construct a bamboo privacy screen around garden and building
  • Purchase all necessary toys, art materials and sensory equipment

Why it's a great idea:

Simply put, The Purple Elephant Project needs to exist in order to support currently over-stretched services helping vulnerable families across Greater London. There is a real need for a therapeutic space where services can be accessed at a central point, and furthermore it is vital that this place is safe, welcoming and homely. We need to start this by creating a base for our in-house and out-reach services; a place where parents can drop in for support, feel listened to and a place for children to feel safe enough to explore the issues that effect them. We need your support to get this off the ground!

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase bamboo screening and planters and outside play house
  • Organise volunteers to install bamboo screening to make garden private for therapeutic sessions and set up play house
  • Purchase furniture required to set up therapeutic space, group room, office space and waiting area
  • Purchase equipment required to set up sensory space
  • Set up sensory space
  • Purchase toys, art equipment for therapeutic space
  • Set up office space and waiting area for parents and carers

In addition to the services and therapies outlined above, we will also work towards Ofsted registration in order for us to become a post-adoption support centre, offering more specialised therapeutic services and training for these families.


Location Twickenham

About the space

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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

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How will the money be spent?Total £25,830

Premises rental for first 3 months - £4,248 (16%)
Ofsted registation - £2,444 (9%)
Rental deposit for premises - £1,416 (5%)
Apple Mac Computer - £1,249 (5%)
Various toys and equipment - £1,000 (4%)
Sensory interactive bubble tube - £945 (4%)
Reception desk - £895 (3%)
High/ low height adjustable table - £885 (3%)
Wall mounted sensory activity panel - £625 (2%)
Contents and public liability insurances - £596 (2%)
Other - £11,527 (45%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Premises rental for first 3 months
Ofsted registation
Rental deposit for premises
Apple Mac Computer
Various toys and equipment
Sensory interactive bubble tube
Reception desk
High/ low height adjustable table
Wall mounted sensory activity panel
Contents and public liability insurances
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Group room sideboard/ storage
  • Playhouse
  • Waiting area seating - chair and small sofa
  • Group room presentation TV
  • Group room extending table
  • Telephone equipment, installation and line rental x 3 months
  • Bamboo and planters for sensory garden space
  • Group room shelving unit
  • Printer and ink supplies
  • Group room chairs x8
  • Childrens art supplies and materials
  • Filing cabinets x 3
  • Various play mobil toys, hospital, police, families
  • Case BRIEF2 assessment paperwork and manual
  • Suspended sensory swing seat
  • Various sylvanian families toys and figures and house
  • VAT
  • Screen/ wheeled bookcase for parent waiting area
  • Sand trays x 2
  • Fire proof safe
  • Sensory floor tiles
  • Waiting area rocking chair
  • Office chairs x 2
  • Sensory star light projector
  • Beanbags
  • Shelving unit
  • Guide to major trusts publication
  • Desk for therapy room
  • Printer and ink cartridges
  • Outside storage
  • Shredder
  • Case Assessment - ACC checklist manual
  • Drawer storage x 2
  • Wooden outside sand pit and lid
  • Dollshouse
  • Back up storage hard drive
  • A board signage
  • Soft furnishings - cushions etc
  • Stick on frosting on windows for privacy
  • Lighting - floor lamp
  • Tv mount
  • Coffee table
  • Logo sign on window
  • Parachute
  • Wall mounted dome mirrors
  • Sensory body sox
  • Child wheeled chair
  • Art Storage trolley
  • Aromatherapy burner and oils
  • Desk lamp
  • Payment system
  • Play sand x 3 bags
  • Outside Jenga
  • Kinetic sand x 2 bags
  • Headphones
  • Ball pit balls
  • Cocoon hanging chair cover
  • First aid kit
  • Sanitary collection


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We will use any additional funding to source further toys, art and craft materials which can be used within our children's therapeutic sessions, particularly to equip our sensory area and our outside play therapy space. We will also use any additional funding towards further rental on the premises to enable us to continue this work

Total £25,830

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