The Children's Foundation exists to improve the health and well-being of children and young people from birth to 18 in the North East by Making Serious Stuff Fun!
Tackling the ups and downs of childhood at a grass-root level. Laying a foundation of resilience to enable children to thrive.
The well being of children and families is always a priority but even more so in this time of need, and so, we would like to offer basic but crucial provisions.
There is a demand on services supporting children and families who are impacted by Coronavirus who, through no fault of their own find it difficult to access food. As lockdown continues many families are also finding it hard to keep mentally well and provide activities and things to do.
We want to support families through the crisis and give them the ability to access free food and fun activity packs over the coming months as we aim to tackle the impacts of Coronavirus in the community.
29.7% of children in Newcastle are on Free school meals which is at nearly twice the national average and the highest outside of London. Of the 26 wards in Newcastle, Walker is Number 1 in the ”Index of Multiple Deprivation” and is ranked 45 out of 32,844 in England (where 1 is the most deprived) 50.7% of children in Walker are in low income families - 2nd worse of 26 Wards.
We recognise, once the ‘novelty’ of staying at home wears off, ‘isolation fatigue’ will set in. Therefore the ‘fun packs’ are designed to offer a choice of individual or family led activity for the coming weeks.
A lot of charities have moved to a virtual model. However, often those most in need do not have ready access to this; which explains the practical and physical response of The Children’s Foundation to this situation for this community.
Our food and fun packs will offer light relief and a rainbow of hope for stressed and anxious parents. They will support vulnerable children, helping them to understand they are valued and loved, and part of a community effort to keep them, safe and happy.
We hope you are able to join us and support some of the most vulnerable in society!