We’re doing what we can to be ready to offer our programmes to children when it’s safe to do so. After what could be months of lockdown, children’s mental health and wellbeing will be tested, even for the most resilient child. We’re exploring the idea of hosting virtual summer camps and how we can best support children when restrictions allow.
As our mentoring programmes came to an abrupt end, each child received either a video, letter or both from their mentor to say goodbye. Mentors reminded children to put into practice everything they had been learning such as resilience, self-control, and patience which are all needed now more than ever before.
350 Treat Boxes are heading out to homes across Glasgow and Manchester, reaching 427 children! Thank you for helping to make this possible! We also now have our own unique set of Citywise Flashcards with game ideas and activities to help develop and apply the Citywise Character Strengths. Children we’ve worked with over the last year and many more will have things to keep them busy, and be reminded that they’re not alone.
Unicef have released this helpful guide on what Coronavirus means for children. We’ve found it helpful, and if you work with children, have them yourself or just care, you might find it helpful too. There are so many unknowns but we can be sure that the effects of the virus will be felt the hardest on the poorest children who aren’t able to access the support and resources they need. We’re in this for the long haul and will continue to support children’s mental health and wellbeing long after life returns to ‘normal’ for many.