Many of you will remember the trial Peaceful Activity Packs we sent out to children from two local schools back in July. The idea behind the packs was to find simple resources and activities that would support good mental health, were easy to do, and could be done independently by children or together with family members.
The trial packs were well received and the concept behind them formed the basis of our grant bid to the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund. In mid-October, we were excited to learn that our bid had been successful!
The funds awarded have enabled us to continue and extend the Peaceful Activity Packs to provide three packs each for six children from three local primary schools. In addition to this, we are now also able to provide three packs each to twenty-four children from Kingfisher School who would usually benefit from regular visits from the TrinityLearning Kingfisher Singing Group.
Recent conversations with headteachers in the area highlighted however that the current need for support and encouragement was still great and it became apparent that schools needed more packs than the lottery funding would cover.
In order to meet these additional demands, TrinityLearning Trustees agreed that some of the donations made regularly and generously to TrinityLearning by St Helen’s church could be used to provide additional packs which has allowed us to send out packs to an additional 18 children. In total, TrinityLearning will be sending out three packs each to sixty children.
Singing, sticking and sketching with our new packs
Our second Peaceful Activities Pack, which is currently going out to primary school pupils, is based around an excellent book called ‘Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest’ by Julian Gough and Jim Field. This funny story gently explores how being kind and looking at problems from another perspective can help different personalities to live together. The book is beautifully illustrated and the other items in the pack include drawing pencils, a sketchbook, stickers and stencils to help encourage children to have a go at drawing their own animals and plants.
Our first pack for children at Kingfisher school is based around music and provides colourful scarves, bells and shakers to wave and play along with the rhymes and songs our volunteer Kingfisher Singing group are beginning to video to allow children and their parents to access them from home. These children all have significant needs and limited mobility so the resources are carefully selected to be suitable, and fun for them. More details about the packs are available on our website at https://trinitylearning.org.uk/.
We would like to say a big thank you to The National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund, the UK Government and St Helen’s Church for their funding and thank you for all the support we receive from volunteers. All of this enables us to continue to be here for children, their families and local schools throughout Covid19.
If you are interested in volunteering with TrinityLearning we currently have volunteer roles available involving singing, storytelling, craft making and preparation, walk planning and gardening. All of these roles are suitable to do whilst isolating! To find out more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.