Appeal to support summer activities for children
From Crich Patients Participation Group
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:
- rise and shine groups
- story telling
- healthy eating picnics
- gardening and Forest School activities
- a boot camp
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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.