Feel Good Packs to support families in lockdown
We’ve teamed up with local partner organisations including The SEND Project, Community Recording Studio (CRS), The Greenway Centre, Epic Partners, Muslim Community Organisation (MCO), Ideea Rom (Roma) Association Nottingham, Nottingham City Homes and Metropolitan Housing to deliver over 350 Feel Good Packs to families and young people in St Ann’s and Sneinton – to support them with their health and wellbeing during lockdown.
The free Feel Good Packs include teenage activity packs for young people supported by Active Notts including sporting equipment that can be used at home such as mini footballs, table tennis kits, stretch bands, skipping ropes and yoga mats.
The free Feel Good Packs for families are made up of donations from our local partner organisations, with support from Experian, Read on Nottingham, Ignite, Nottingham Castle and Reckitt Benkiser. They contain a whole range of family-friendly activities and resources including pens, pencils, books, games, toys and sports equipment.
Nottingham Castle donated seeds and peat-free pellets for the family packs, so families can enjoy growing a rare Nottingham wildflower called the Nottingham Catchfly in their gardens or in pots on balconies and windowsills. The pinkish-white, scented wildflower was known as the county flower of Nottingham but it hasn’t been seen here for many years and there are plans to reintroduce it back into the castle grounds.
Local families were over the moon with their Feel Good Packs, with local parent @TiffJBieeu tweeting:
“Thank you so much @RenewalTrust and @ActiveNotts we received some sports equipment today for my teens. Going to set up a circuit training course later! #StayHomeStayActive”
Rachel, another local parent, emailed to say:
“Hi, thank you so much for the pack we received yesterday, it was brilliant, Finn was over the moon, was more than we thought he would receive, now Finn has something to do in lockdown, just hope he stays away from the windows with the football! Thank you again, Rachel & Finn.”
Cherry Underwood, our CEO, explained:
“Just like everyone in Nottingham, we’ve had to adapt how we work because of Covid-19. We’ve always been committed to supporting families and young people in the area so The Feel Good Packs are just one way we can keep doing this during lockdown.
Helping people stay active and entertained is really important right now, not just in terms of physical health, but to support people’s mental health and wellbeing. It’s also a way of letting local people know we’re still here, supporting them, even if that can’t be face to face for a while. People really need that sense of connection and belonging while we’re all physically distanced from each other.
It’s great working alongside so many fantastic Nottingham organisations to make this happen and working alongside our local partners has meant the packs have gone to the families and young people that need them most. I’m very proud to be part of this project and it’s just one of the ways we’re going to keep finding new and innovative ways to support our communities.”
We’re very proud to look after St Ann’s Allotments and we’re asking local people to help choose the Best Allotment 2020 as part of a new competition celebrating local gardeners!
Windrush Day 2020 seems a fitting moment to share this powerful instalment from St Ann’s Stories – a very special newspaper created by and for the people of St Ann’s.