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Summer Holiday Activities are here!

by Andrew Auld

Summer Holiday Activities

The Mutual Aid group has discussed the need to support families and children during the pandemic, as well as providing services for older people. Since we wound down the general helpline, a group of members of the Crich Patients Participation Group and others have been working to put together some activities over the summer to go some way towards helping families whose holidays have been cancelled, who would normally attend events that aren't taking place or who simply can't afford to get away.

At last we are able to announce the promised activities for children over the summer holidays. This is for children who are registered with Crich Medical Centre and includes those who go to South Wingfield and Holloway surgeries.
Have a look below and see what will interest your child or a child you know – details of how to register are included under each activity.

Of course, we have to keep you and your family safe so here are a few things to be aware of:
  • You must register for a place, we can’t accept anyone who turns up on the day
  • You will need to provide contact details for tracing should anyone become ill
  • If your child or a family member is ill or has a temperature we ask you not to attend
Some of the activities are free and for others there is a small charge – if you have any issues concerning payment please mention this to your activity coordinator when you book. The cost of this programme is subsidised through the fundraising efforts and kindness of local people and provider organisations are giving their services at reduced rates or free of charge. We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed money, time and skills to enable us to provide activities to support the children and families of the area.
 

Children’s nature connection activity sessions in Fritchley.


Calling all children aged 5-12!

Come and enjoy lots of exciting activities and experience the outdoors in a brand new way! We will be using our senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight to discover elements of your local green space that you’ve never even noticed before. We also invite you to bring your imagination to help us weave stories, create woodland characters and follow your own ideas. You will be able to take your creations home with you, along with skills and ideas for new adventures that you can carry on at home throughout the holidays and share with your friends and your grown-ups!
 
With a ratio of seven children per leader and a maximum group size of 14, we are able to give every individual the attention and support they need to follow their own inspiration and tailor the session so that your child enjoys a completely unique experience that they will love!
 
Monday 17th and 24th  August, morning (9-12) or afternoon (1-4) sessions.
Age range 5-12 - parents are not required to attend.
Cost: £15 per child and £10 per sibling (up to two siblings) NOW REDUCED TO £5 per session due to the success of fundraising
Contact claire@growoutside.co.uk or 07960 249816 for bookings or more information. Due to small
group sizes, places are limited.


Sarah Poplar’s physical activity


All the sessions below will begin week commencing 10th August for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday each week and will take place on the field at Fritchley (behind the school).

Rise and Shine – 9.30 to 10.15
This is group is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds and will get your child jumping around to start the day.
Boot camp 1 – 10.30 to 11.15
This more strenuous session is aimed at 8 to 10 year olds.
Boot Camp 2 – 11.30 to 12.15
Another workout for 11 to 13 year olds.
Cost £2.50 per child
Contact Sarah Poplar on 07875342201 for more information and to book a place.


Popalong


This is a fun play session for children aged 0--4 years.

Outdoor activities suitable for toddlers including dry sand play, bubbles and chalk, ride-on toys, slide and small climbing frame, toys, cars, farm animals, kitchen, work bench, dolls etc. There will also be story time and a safely distanced song time –one singer (with actions for all!)

There is no charge for this activity

Dates: Friday 21st and Friday 28th August 10am -12midday
Venue : Crich Wesley Chapel, Chapel Lane (off the Common) Please park on The Common
Contact Details for booking : Lynda Gray 07890 688021
jimlynda.gray@btopenworld.com

 

Premier Education Holiday Club

We are hoping that the Premier Education holiday club will run during the weeks commencing 17th and 24th August. The club will be held in Crich at the Glebe Field Centre. It will run from 9.00 – 3.30 Monday to Friday and will be open to children aged 5 – 13 (Years 1 – 8).

If we are successful in accessing funding then the cost of the club will be £5 PER FAMILY per day or £20 for the entire week. This effectively means for families with more than one child, that after the first child all siblings are completely free.

The holiday club will not be solely sport focused with opportunities to take part in dance and drama, art and crafts, games and much more.

It will operate on a ‘bubble’ basis as schools have done, on lower coach:child ratios than normal (1:15). Bubbles will be organised each week and children will be grouped based on ages.

As it will be operating on a bubble basis, once a bubble has been created and reached its capacity of 15 children they cannot introduce new children to the bubble for health and safety reasons. Therefore we will require children to attend a minimum of 3 days in any one week. Though there is no requirement to attend both weeks, children are of course more than welcome to attend both weeks.

If you have any further questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact James on the email address below.

James Jennison, Premier Education  jjennison@premier-education.com

Appeal to support summer activities for children

by Andrew Auld

Summer Holiday Activities

From Crich Patients Participation Group

Dear friend,

I am writing to you to ask for your help in financing a local project in Crich and the surrounding villages which seeks to address the issues for children arising from the current pandemic. A small group of us as part of Crich Patient Participation Group have organised a programme of activities for children over the summer holiday.

The idea grew from discussions in the Mutual Aid 19 Support Group that some of us were members of. In essence, it was noted that although quite a lot had been organised, both locally and nationally, to support adults, and particularly those with specific health vulnerabilities, not much had been put in place for children and young people. This was despite the clear acknowledgment that the pandemic and the associated lockdown was having a detrimental impact upon a disturbingly large number of children’s emotional and physical well-being. This was really brought home to me when two parents of children at a local school said that their five year olds were showing signs of depression.

We had a quick check and could not find anything organised in the local area for children and young people during the summer. In light of this, we have been working to bring together a programme of activities. Our hard work over the last 3 weeks has resulted in the following activities ready to go:

  • gymnastics
  • rise and shine groups
  • story telling
  • healthy eating picnics 
  • gardening and Forest School activities
  • a boot camp

Read more here: crichstandard.org/sha

We hope that the centrepiece of the programme will be two weeks of Holiday Camps, organised by Premier Education, of sport, physical and creative activities. Premier Education is a national organisation who work with many of the local schools and I am aware are highly regarded. I am delighted to say they have agreed to run the two weeks “at cost”. We were really thrilled when the Glebe Community Field Centre agreed to host the Holiday Camps for four days per week. I have provisionally booked The Briars Educational Centre for the two days that The Glebe was unable to accommodate the camps.

Our major focus now is trying to secure funding to meet the costs of the programme. We have submitted bids to a number of sources but because our project has been developed at great speed some of these are not open to us. We are seeking donations from local people and businesses who have the flexibility to authorise a donation at speed as the programme begins on 10th August.

We are clear that these activities are open to all the children and young people in the area served by the Medical Practice and we would love to be able to reach vulnerable children.

Anything you can do to assist us will be incredibly gratefully received and we will ensure you are acknowledged in our media communications. As you can appreciate our timescales require a very short turn around so I would be very grateful if you could contact us by the end of this week.

Email Corinne Clemson for bank details of the Crich Patients Participation Group to make a donation.

You can read more details in this earlier post.

Fritchley Chuch to re-open on 2 August

by Linda Philo

Fritchley Congregational Church and Village Hall

Fritchley Church is reopening on Sunday 2nd August at 2.30pm.

It will be a quiet opening with all COVID precautions being followed. Come along and support us. All welcome

Please bring your face covering.

Crich Area Community Art Sharing Needs You!

by Linda Philo

poster advertising Crich Community Art Sharing

Crich Area Community Art Sharing project Needs You!

During the global pandemic caused by Covid-19 people of the Crich Parish have found ways to express themselves and our lived-experience of lockdown through personal and collective art making as inspired by the Parish in which we reside.

fungus growing on a tree

Facebook groups such as Crich Area Photography Lockdown Project were created and thrived on themes that related to ‘A view from your window’.

The people of the parish have transformed into non professional artists through this process and have begun to view the world through a new lens, a lens of appreciating the world around us differently, such as the intricate beauty of the surrounding area or the key workers on the frontline of fighting the pandemic.

This has led us to produce individual and collective creative outputs unique to this moment in time. This has been one of the key ways by which we have all been able to get through this period of restricted movement and substantial anxiety and also a way for us to create a living history of our community’s response to the pandemic.

picture of a turtle done as a well dressing

It is this creativity that we wish to celebrate in a community art sharing in the autumn of 2020. this sharing aims to lift the spirits of the whole community as we head into the darker days of next winter, reminding us of the creativity within us all.

The idea is that the sharing will be presented at a local venue on social distancing guidelines and be accompanied by a series of webinars led by members of the community whose expertise they wish to share with others.

We also plan for the sharing to be digitised so that it can have a greater reach, providing access to it to people who cannot or do not wish to attend it in person.

Girl standing outside her house with her Easter decorations

The sharing is by with and for the people of the Crich Area and is open to anyone to enter. 

We would like you to submit the art that you have created in lockdown (entries limited to one per person).

If you would like to put forward an artwork please take a photograph or recording of it and email it to Clare Limb at the following email address: clarelimb68@gmail.com stating clearly your name and contact number as well as a short paragraph which tells the story behind the work.                  

Deadline for entries is 11 September 2020.

If you would like to be involved in helping put the sharing together then please get in touch with me at this email address clarelimb68@gmail.com

We are currently seeking funds for this project. If you would like to help us fundraise for it or would like to make a donation to the project please contact Andrea Kemp andrea@shift-together.co.uk

Stay safe,

Clare

Children's Summer Holiday Activities

by Linda Philo

Poster advertising summer activities

We are very pleased to announce that Crich Patients’ Participation Group in partnership with Premier Education and other providers are looking to host Summer Holiday Activities for children in Crich and the surrounding areas.

At present this is only an idea, and we are looking at accessing funding to make it more financially viable for parents. Whether the activities will run or not is dependent on whether we can access the funding and sufficient interest from parents.

We are very aware of the impact Covid19 and the school closures have had on many children, and feel that this provides a great opportunity for children to engage with other children and increase their confidence, social skills, fitness and general wellbeing before they return to school in September.

Although most of the activities will be held in Crich we are eager to welcome children from surrounding villages; for example, South Wingfield, Fritchley, Whatstandwell, Lea, Holloway and Dethick.

In addition to the Holiday Club being hosted by Premier Education there will also be some ad hoc activities for families during these weeks which will include things like sports, games, story telling, gardening, forest schools and more.

Confirmation of activities, days and times will be announced here on the Crich Standard website and Facebook page as soon as we have them so please keep checking back.

Premier Education logo

Premier Education Holiday Club

The Premier Education holiday club will run during the weeks commencing 17th and 24th August. The club will be held in Crich at the Glebe Field Centre. It will run from 9.00 – 3.30 Monday to Friday and will be open to children aged 5 – 13 (Years 1 – 8).

If we are successful in accessing funding then the cost of the club will be £5 PER FAMILY per day or £20 for the entire week. This effectively means for families with more than one child, that after the first child all siblings are completely free.

The holiday club will not be solely sport focused with opportunities to take part in dance and drama, art and crafts, games and much more.

It will operate on a ‘bubble’ basis as schools have done, on lower coach:child ratios than normal (1:15). Bubbles will be organised each week and children will be grouped based on ages.

As it will be operating on a bubble basis, once a bubble has been created and reached its capacity of 15 children they cannot introduce new children to the bubble for health and safety reasons. Therefore we will require children to attend a minimum of 3 days in any one week. Though there is no requirement to attend both weeks, children are of course more than welcome to attend both weeks.

As the holiday club is only a proposal at this stage we are very much looking for feedback from parents who would access this opportunity for their children so that we can get an idea of viability. If you would be interested in your child(ren) attending this please register your expression of interest by emailing James Jennison on the contact email below. When doing so please include the number of children, age of child(ren) and number of days you would like your child(ren) to attend.

If you have any further questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact James on the email address below.

James Jennison, Premier Education  jjennison@premier-education.com

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