I make FREE Lockdown Activity Packs for children living in families struggling financially, emotionally or living without gardens. In the past two weeks, I have made and delivered packs to almost 200 children. The orders have been coming in thick and fast, so there is clearly a need to keep providing these packs for families as the challenges of lockdown intensify.
The packs contain activities which are designed to keep little minds busy - packs so far have included: cactus kit, potion kit, spy agent kit, upcycled clock-making kit, stick people, wooden name plaques, paper crafts, graffiti style scrap books and light-up wand kit. My friend Laura, a secondary school art teacher, has generously donated much of her time and energy also to create stick people, zine-making kits, zentangle and typography booklets. We have MANY more ideas in the pipeline.
A £3 donation would support an activity pack for one child.
With your support, I can keep making these packs, ordering more materials online when needed, or coordinating volunteers and donations. I have received a mountain of support already, but it's clear that we will need to take a more coordinated and systematic approach as time goes on, to make sure we meet demand.
I use mainly recycled materials, but rely on a few necessary staples - packaging, spray paints, acrylic pens, battery-operated parts, stationery bits and pieces, and sometimes postage.
The messages I have received so far from so many families have been quite overwhelming - many people are struggling in very difficult living circumstances - dealing with mental health issues, cramped living conditions, health conditions which require total isolation, or without access to outdoor space. The messages of support and appreciation from the community has also been overwhelming. I am driven to keep this project going for as long as it's needed.