Calm Cats Wellbeing 'Tool Kit' For Children

by Hannah Nisbet in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

Calm Cats Wellbeing 'Tool Kit' For Children

£1,663

raised of £10,000 stretch target

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This project will only be funded if at least £1,250 is pledged by December 18th 2019 at 7:00pm

To create and produce a postal delivery 'tool kit' of fun, therapeutic activities that nurture, promote and support children’s well being.

by Hannah Nisbet in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

In keeping with the aim of the Calm Cats Tool Kit - making children's wellbeing accessible, deliverable and appealing to all children, I would love to make Calm Cats therapeutic services mobile! 

Further funding would go towards a fully equipped, mobile therapy van that would be able to travel to schools, charities, organisations, events and festivals to deliver therapeutic activities and to help spread the word about:

  • the importance looking after children's mental health
  • how we can equip children with self management and coping skills to build on and take through into adult hood
  • Why relaxation and mindful activities are so valuable
  • What children can do if they are worried about their mental health
  • That children's therapeutic input isn't something to be scared of
  • And, That learning about mental health needs to be a part of the school curriculum

Hello, I'm Hannah, founder of Calm Cats, a children's wellbeing service based in Norwich, I am hugely passionate that all children have the opportunity to learn and practise strategies that support their mental health, emotional health and wellbeing from an early age. 

That's why, I am creating the Calm Cats Tool Kit, a postal delivery box of tools and techniques to nurture, promote and support children’s emotional health, mental health and wellbeing. The tool kit includes a set of 56 activity cards and associated resources to engage children in regular wellbeing practises. It literally delivers calm and relaxation, straight to your door!

The brilliant and hugely important thing about all of the activities is that they are easy, accessible, fun and appeal directly to children with the added benefit of providing valuable therapeutic input. 

The therapeutic input includes, but is not limited to, self-regulation through movement, finding focus through mindfulness, experiencing peace and positivity through meditation, feeling calm through deep breathing and learning how to relax through progressive muscle relaxation and guided visualisation.

I want our children to know that there are things they can do to help them feel better, when they are not feeling their best. That there are things they can do to help manage their thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours.

Encouraging regular practise and engagement of wellbeing activities in our children will help them develop their own tool box of emotional management techniques. I hope that this will lay the foundations for their continued practise to be developed through the teenage years and into adulthood. It is my absolute passion and aim that these skills should not been seen as special or available only to a privileged few. They are key life skills and need to be seen as as normal and important as learning any new skill such as reading, writing, throwing and riding a bike.

The Calm Cats Toolkit is an excellent resource to be used in schools as well as at home. The activities can be used as a whole lesson, or brain breaks throughout the school day. They are useful tools to help children re-focus when they are struggling with a task and as decompression activities at the end of a busy day.  

I am a registered therapist, coach and qualified early years teacher (QTS) with over 10 years’ experience teaching children and young people in a special needs setting. Since leaving the formal setting of the classroom,  I have used my skills and knowledge to work with children and parents in group and 1:1 settings, as well as going into to schools to deliver workshops to staff and children.

Most importantly I am Mummy to 2 young children whom I am raising with my partner with their wellbeing, happiness and positive sense of self at the heart of everything we do.

I am crowdfunding to fund the design, creation and production of 200 packs of activity cards. The crowd funding will also go towards sourcing and purchasing the resources to be included in the tool kits for both individual use at home and on a larger scale for use in schools and children's organisations. 

I have been fortunate enough to be accepted on to the Natwest Back Her Business, Side Hustle Campaign. They will pledge me £50 when I receive £200 in pledges from 5 supporters. They will pledge me a further £500 when I receive £500 in pledges from a further 30 supporters.

If you believe in this project, or the importance of children's mental health as much as I do, please pledge to ensure this project happens. It is only if I reach my full target of £1250 that the funds will be secured..

As a thank you for pledging, there are some great rewards up for grabs, from social media shout outs with me and Calm Cat, crunchy snowball stress relief toys, packs of activity cards hot off the press, and a limited number of limited edition Calm Cats Tool Kits.

Hannah x

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

3 of 10 claimed

One For You, One For A Friend

Receive 2 packs of Calm Cats Activity cards and 2 stress relief toys. Keep one for you and gift one to a friend, family member or even a teacher. You will also be able to take advantage of 20% off any further Calm Cats services or products (valid for 12 months) Free delivery in the UK

£8 or more

A Big Thank You with a Social Media Shout Out

A social media, video shout out with me and Calm Cat to say a HUGE thank you for your pledge.

£10 or more

2 of 12 claimed

A Thank You Shout Out and a Snowball

Along with a social media, video shout out, you will receive a Snow Ball, a stress ball that feels like a freshly packed ball of snow when you squeeze it! And it will be posted in time for Christmas (free delivery in the UK)

£16 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Calm Cats Activity Cards

Be the first to receive a pack of Calm Cats activity cards hot off the press for your child(ren) to use at home, in your classroom, or within your organisation (free delivery in the UK)

£24 or more

2 of 15 claimed

Activity Cards, Stress Relief Toy and 20% off

Be the first to receive a pack of Calm Cats classic activity cards hot off the press for your child(ren) to use at home, in your classroom, or within your organisation. You will also receive a stress relief toy that can be used with one of the activities and 20% off any Calm Cats Services or products (valid for 12 months) Free delivery in the UK

£24 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Animigos Ginger Kitten

Recieve a cute, fluffy, plush kitten that walks forward, curls it's tail and lets out a meow sound, and in time for Christmas! These kittens are really soft and great for stroking, which in itself is a lovely calming activity. Free delivery in the UK

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Calm Cats Tool Kit

Be the first to receive a Calm Cats Tool Kit. The kit will contain a pack of activity cards and resources to support the activities, such as, feathers, a stress ball or putty, some bubbles, a disco light, a sound bowl, soft plush toy and a sensory bottle (free delivery in the UK)

£120 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Calm Cats Bumper Pack

Receive a Calm Cats Tool Kit with resources for a class of up to 30 children, an extra pack of cards and 20% off any further Calm Cats services (valid for 6 months) Free delivery in the UK


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