Hello, my name is Diana Powell and I’m the founder of Wirral Unplugged. We’re a fun & friendly grassroots organisation engaging families to take time away from screens, connect with others and be creative. We do this through weekly get-togethers called #ScreenFreeSundays, where children and their families hear guest speakers, read, craft, and play away from the distraction of technology, and, since COVID-19, through the #FairyTrollPost.
#FairyTrollPost, a unique, personal and exciting letter and craft exchange...
started in March 2020 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We connect children with the magical world to promote wellbeing, screen-free time and creativity. Children communicate with a magical being, personally matched to them, who celebrates their birthdays, talks about family and encourages them to share their adventures, each and every week. Colouring and craft materials arrive by post, and parents receive weekly email guidance and encouragement with simple, short ‘how-to’ craft videos and daily offline low-resource activities such as baking, play acting and outdoor games. Fairy Troll Post is a rare, fantastic opportunity to personalise support for children and their families.
From Wirral Unplugged’s magic world to boys and girls across Merseyside.
Since we began 6 weeks ago, we've sent 102 letters, family activity ideas and eco-friendly craft materials. With extra funding, we can more than double our current impact in the community by sending more children letters from the dragons, unicorns, trolls, fairies, water sprites, caticorns and other mythical creatures in the Fairy Troll Post universe and providing more families across Merseyside with magical memories to last a lifetime.
Offering screenfree activities to offset lockdown
In these unprecedented and uncertain times of ours, we’ve been delighted that our parents have found Fairy Troll Post to be a help to them – parents have commented how much they appreciate having resources available throughout the week to perhaps offset their current reliance on screens.
Developing Future Innovators
By supporting and guiding children & parents now, Fairy Troll Post is helping to promote the positive wellbeing of our communities as well as foster the innovative minds of the future.
We would love to be able to share our magical world with local families on low income free of charge...
and £250 would allow us to enrol 11 families for 6 weeks.
How you can get involved
- For £5 we'll send you a Wirral Unplugged end-of-use plastic bracelet
- For £21 you can sponsor a child for 6 weeks
- For £25 you can enrol a child you know for 6 weeks and send them a bracelet (details in FAQ)
- For £42 you can sponsor 2 children for 6 weeks
- For £105 you can sponsor 5 children for 6 weeks
Re-purpose/ donate materials:
We welcome donations of stickers, envelopes, staplers, a guillotine, folders, printer and coloured paper and all manner of craft materials. If you could use it in an office or a craft room we'd be excited to have it!
Who are we?
Our core volunteers come from the Wirral and Liverpool. Usually on a Sunday, we're leading families through crafts, activities, games, snacks and reading.
Our student volunteers:
Come from a wide range of countries! Two of the students currently helping in the Fairy Troll Post are from Poland!
We want to give a shout out to Liverpool Soup, who is supporting us with the campaign. You can vote for us to win additional funding on their site.