I make Activity Packs for children living in families struggling financially, emotionally or living without gardens. In the past two months, I have made and delivered packs to almost 400 children. As time goes on and we remain affected by the Covid situation, there is clearly a need to keep providing these packs for families as the challenges of lockdown intensify. It will be a long time before schools reopen as normal, which leaves many parents struggling to educate at home and finding it a challenge. These packs will hopefully act as a little wellbeing gift!
After we successfully met the last crowdfunder target, I am restarting this in order that people can not only support this campaign, but also so that if people would like to 'pay it forward', they can donate towards a pack for someone else, enabling me to keep doing what I'm doing. Some families have asked if they can contribute towards their packs, so this allows them to do that too, on a pay as you feel basis.
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, small world playsets, 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, small world playsets, 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, for which I'm incredibly grateful, but in order to sustain this project, financial support is essential.
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.
From the many messages I've received, it's clear that many people are still struggling now, even with some of the restrictions being eased - job loss, dealing with mental health issues, cramped living conditions, health conditions which require total isolation, or without access to outdoor space. I am driven to keep this project going for as long as it's needed.