With many of our young people currently settling back into school and college we thought it would be a great time to check in with how everyone is feeling.
It’s not unusual for anxiety levels to rise when we are faced with change, and for many of our young people, going back to school or college after months of lockdown is an unsettling time. Having spent so many months cocooned in the family unit, this transition is a big hurdle for a child or young person with additional needs.
It seemed wholly appropriate, therefore, to dedicate a week of our virtual activity programme to emotions and wellbeing. It is one of our key aims at Kangaroos to help our young people to build independence, confidence and self-esteem.
Emotions and Wellbeing Week
During our Emotions and Wellbeing week we held mindfulness and yoga sessions as well as other themed activities. The online yoga was run by the wonderful Sharon Gilbert, who has previously worked with our young people.
Sharon offered us a group booking of 4 classes, so as well as our wellbeing week, we have yoga linked to some of our other themed activity weeks, such as Travel the World and Protect our Planet. You can find out more about Sharon on her Facebook Page here.
Denise, one of our delivery managers and operations assistant at Kangaroos, said “There is great interaction with the youngsters. One of the members at the first yoga session is new to Kangaroos, but quickly relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed it. Another of our members had looked at a new college earlier in the day, which was quite anxiety-provoking so found the session extremely useful.
“Overall the yoga helped our members to open-up and express themselves. We did a lot of work around breathing and sharing love and the session ended with a meditation. I enjoyed it as much as our members did.”
A quick recap on the Kangaroos activity plan
While we have tentatively started to re-open some of our face-to-face activities (read more in our previous blog post here), we are also maintaining continuity for our members with our virtual activity programme, which our young people really enjoy and look forward to. With socialising restrictions in place, we know how important it is to keep our virtual presence alive. The safety and wellbeing of our members is paramount.
Our virtual activity programme is announced in advance every 6 weeks with a different theme set for each week and a variety of activities set up online accordingly. Our members love to see each other on Zoom and it represents some small level of continuity in their lives. Here’s our latest programme below.
The limited re-opening of clubs and activities will only go ahead as planned during October if it is safe to do so. We will continue to do what we can in accordance with government guidelines and will keep all members and families updated as new guidance comes to light.
If you’d like to know more about Kangaroos, either to join as a member or to offer support, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.