Support for our families
Right from the start of lockdown we knew many of our clients would feel particularly anxious during this time, given the extra financial strains and pressure of home schooling, often multiple children, as well as trying to keep them entertained whilst exercising the strict social distancing and essential travel advice that is in place. We therefore immediately set up WhatsApp groups, made phone calls and generally reached out to our families using various forms of online communication, to offer support, advice where needed and to lend a supportive and listening ear. We have continued to support our families in this way ever since, and will do so, until we can offer our usual support when our sessions are able to open again.
We have seen an increase in the need for weekly food bags, so we have been continuing to work alongside the wonderful Maidenhead Foodshare, to make sure everyone has food on their table. Thank you Foodshare!
We have also been updating our Facebook page with daily craft ideas, and hints and tips for keeping children entertained during this time. We share relevant information and advice local to the Borough, and we’ve even held a couple of competitions: create an ‘Easter Bonnet’ and ‘Bake a Cake’ – these have been really successful. Many of our families have joined in, particularly with the cake competition(!) which has really helped to bring about some positivity and a change of focus. We’ve seen our families really get behind each other and encourage one another.