This month, the children enjoyed making some sensory bottles that can help them to regulate their feelings by offering a distraction and something to focus on that will calm them. They enjoyed adding bits that made the unique and special to them.
Due to the lovely weather, we managed to use the outdoor space too, this proved very popular with games of football and tennis starting, as well as some chalk pictures being created and some giant connect 4 and Jenga being enjoyed. This chance to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise is so vital in supporting mental health and welbeing so we were thrilled to be able to get out!
The 2nd group of the month incorporates our youth group. This has proved popular, and numbers have swelled from 6 at the start of the groups to over 16 this month. These sessions are run by Arthur Ellis, and this month emotions were explored, which proved helpful to the teens, who had a safe space to explore their current feelings as well as how they feel about their bereavement. They then shared pizza and got outside for some fresh air and a game of football to balance themselves back out. These groups really do allow teens to connect with their peers and share ideas and thoughts that they may not otherwise be able to express.
Due to the expanding nature of the youth group, we are currently reviewing these, and they will look a little different when we start back in the groups in September, full details will follow once we have finalised those.
In our first group, we welcomed another trustee who wanted to learn more about the groups. They were surprised with how busy they were, how big them seemed and were not how the envisaged them at all. This is why the trustees like to come to see what we do; it really does give them a deeper understanding of how much the families are supported and how lovely the groups are!