The trials and tribulations of 2020:
Well what can we say 2020 has certainly been a year with a difference. We have all had to adhere to a different way of living and it hasn’t been easy. STAND North Wales CIC like many others have had to adapt to working in a totally different way while supporting our families. But we rose to the challenge with enormous thanks to Children in Need, The Steve Morgan Foundation Emergency Fund, Conwy Borough County Council.
To date during lockdown we have sent out by email and or post:
74 Visual support and social story packs as well as bespoke resources for families
759 Weekly Activity packs over the course of 11 weeks inclusive of colouring, puzzles, recipes, games and more
11 Busy bag packs for younger children
23 laminated games packs
18 summer holiday activity booklets
71 summer gifts for children and young people
44 May half term craft kits
51 Father’s Day craft kits
52 tea party packs
112 well-being packs to parents
Continuous 1 – 1 support
Cookery zoom summer school
Lego club summer zoom sessions
379 letters of support with a pocket hug
379 mindfulness colouring posters with art work that was commissioned by us and completed by a very talented young lady Sam Inglis ‘Stronger Together’.
Birthday cards on request to families including those who have been shielding and those who have felt isolated from the outside world
Delivered 21 Live Jingle, rhyme and story time sessions on our Face book platform
Delivered 27 Parent forum sessions on our Facebook platform
Online parent training inclusive of Makaton levels 1-3, Mindfulness taster sessions, Promoting positive behavior and Stress and wellbeing
Created our Stay, play and learn with STAND FB Page to share ideas of low cost / no cost activities for families. This is where we post ideas, share ideas from other pages as well as encourage parents to share ideas. If you would like to join this page the link you need is:
Weekly Tuesday challenges for children and young people.
Virtual walking challenge where parents sent us their steps each time and those who took part in the challenge ended up walking the length and breadth of wales as well as to London and back.
Our first annual scarecrow competition in July:
July saw our very first scarecrow competition which will now be an annual event. Thirteen lovely families took part and created the following amazing scarecrows. We put all the wonderful photographs of the entries onto our Facebook page and asked all our followers to vote for their favourite. Everyone said that it was an extremely hard decision as they were all so amazing. All the scarecrow creations got lots of votes….and the winner was Rhiannon with the ‘Nurse’. A big well done to Rhiannon who received her prize of an amazon voucher and to everyone that took part.
On Wednesday the 26th of August we held a Tea Party for families to raise a cuppa together being stronger together and supporting each other during recent times. Some families took part virtually via zoom while others took part on different days of the week. Lots of fun and laughter was had and we have received some lovely photos of the parties that have taken place. Thank you to everyone for joining in and taking part.
As we are still unable to run our parent support groups in venues during this time, we will still be running our parent forum on our Face book platform every Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00. This is for parents with children / young people with additional needs and disabilities who are signed up to STAND North Wales CIC. If you would like to join the forum please visit our page and answer the questions asked and please read the rules. The page link needed is:
We will also be running a parent support group once a month via zoom for those that wish to join us. This will be during the months of October, November and December. More details will follow with the details via email and Face book.
Make it: Workshops:
We will be offering a selection of Make it: Workshops during the following months. The workshops run by Sarah are for parents with children in the early years or for parents that feel the ideas would benefit their children too. The workshops will be via zoom and consist of ideas for low cost / no cost resources to make and use supporting early language skills. Bring along a cuppa.
September 22nd 9.30am – 11.00 – Make it: Song props
October 22nd 9.30am – 11.00 – Make it: Story props
November 12th 9.30am – 11.00 – Make it: Sensory play ideas
December 3rd 9.30am – 11.00 – Make it: Christmas crafts for children
To book a place email [email protected]
Online auction: November
We are currently in the process of arranging an online auction to raise funds to take families on a much-needed Family Day trip in 2021 to create smiles and memories after the turmoil of this year.
The auction will run from Monday the 16th – Friday 20th November on our Facebook platform.
We are looking for businesses and individuals who would be interested in supporting our fundraising event by sponsoring an item for the auction. Auction items start from as little as £10.00.
In return businesses receive advertising alongside the item sponsored in our auction catalogue inclusive of your name, company name and contact details and logo. Individuals names will also be added unless they wish to remain anonymous or can be sponsored in memory of a loved one for example.
If you would like to sponsor an item, know of a business or individual who would like to sponsor us and would like more information about the auction please email [email protected]
Christmas card competition:
STAND North Wales CIC are holding their first Christmas Card Competition. The competition is open to all STAND North Wales CIC children and young people.
The children and young people who would like to take part can create anything they want to, Christmas related.
The design can be by painting or drawing but NO ‘stick’ on materials or glitter should be used.
Closing date for all entries is Friday 25th of September 2020. Entries will be photographed and posted on our Facebook site as well as emailed out to everyone on our database to vote for their favourite.
The winner with the most votes by 5pm on Friday the 2nd of October will win a prize
The winning design shall be then made into STAND North Wales CIC Christmas card of the year 2020 which will be sent out to all our families during the festive period.
Entries need to be posted only and received by STAND North Wales CIC by Friday 25th of September. No entries can be accepted after this time.
Please post to:
STAND North Wales CIC
Bodelwyddan Business Centre
PLEASE EMAIL [email protected] FOR AN ENTRY FORM
Chatterbox 5-week programme: Starts Tuesday October 13th
Chatterbox is a five-week programme giving ideas and information about developing early language skills through play. The programme is for parents with children with preschool children. Each week there will be information, ideas, songs and a story base on a different topic. Topics include: Play, routines, books and stories, songs and rhymes. Parents take part with their children via zoom.
For more information and to book a place email [email protected]
October Half term activities:
Monday 26th: Cooking club via zoom: Christmas Cake
Tuesday 27th: Lego club via zoom for ages from 5 upwards
Wednesday 28th: Parent forum
Thursday 29th: Jingle, rhyme and story time live with Sarah
More details will follow soon via email inclusive of booking forms.
There will also be a downloadable Halloween themed activity booklet which you can download from our website.
‘Stronger Together’ in lockdown:
A small selection of pictures from our amazing families for you to enjoy…..