New playroom is a safe haven for High Peak youngsters

Crossroads Derbyshire
Crossroads Derbyshire

Youngsters fleeing domestic violence have been given a haven where they can escape from their troubles and play.

Crossroads Derbyshire, which supports victims of violences at home, opened a new playroom for children living at its Harmony Project refuge.

The Rainbow Room will be available to children who have been forced to leave their homes due to the risk of domestic abuse.

The new room features a rainbow and hill scene, and is designed to be flexible and adaptable so it can be used for messy play, sensory and therapeutic sessions, group activities or for soft play for babies. The central feature of the room is a caterpillar constructed from interactive panels, designed to stimulate babies and toddlers.

The room also features a bubble tube, projector, storage for play and craft activities and soft lighting to create a calming atmosphere.

The Rainbow Room was funded by two charities – the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust and the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation. The work was carried out by local company CW Property Solutions.

Pam Whittle, services manager at Crossroads Derbyshire, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, and to all the residents at the Harmony Project for their patience while the work was carried out.”

A current resident of the refuge said: “We’re so excited to be able to use the room. The children have been asking every day when it will be ready. It’s so great for the little ones.”