First off, we have a few people who deserve a shoutout; starting with this week’s star of the week, Ollie! Ollie is always asking if he can help the adults in the sessions. Last Thursday, he offered to help unload the dishwasher. Thanks Ollie for being so kind and thoughtful – what a superstar! We would also like to show our gratitude to three of our volunteers who give up their time each weekend to help out at Saturday Club. Meg, Laura & Natasha go above and beyond to provide the utmost love, care and attention to support each child & young person. The three have received certificates for the exceptional number of hours that they have volunteered at SELFA. Laura and Natasha have both volunteered for 50 hours and Meg has volunteered 75 hours. We are extremely lucky to have incredible volunteers like these women.
Youth Council formed a new partnership with Childline last week as three of them (Millie, Owen and Joe) helped to test out Childline’s new Chatbot feature on their website. This new feature is designed to talk to any children who are waiting in a queue to speak to a Childline councillor. This feature is designed to give a child some respite as some children can wait up to 50 minutes to speak to someone at the busiest times. Youth Council were asked to test the Chatbot and provide feedback so that Childline can improve it for when the service goes live. Millie, Owen and Joe were incredible and provided vital feedback that could be pivotal in making this feature the best that it can be.
The SELFA staff enjoyed a well earned wellbeing day last Tuesday too. Here, we did activities and played games to boost self-esteem and improve our team bond. We cooked, meditated, made collages of each other and reflected on what we like about each other. It was great to see how much we appreciate each other and the day boosted the moral of the staff who have worked so hard throughout the latest national lockdown.
In the primary groups this week, they used St’ Patricks day to reflect on what they are lucky to have, do or be. This is a great activity for children to boost their own self-esteem and to also realise that things are never as bad as they seem and there are always things to feel lucky about. The sun was also shining last week which meant that the children could get some fresh air and exercise. They played ‘Go Find It’, a game where you have to find an item as quickly as you can and then bring it back to the staff member. They had so much fun in the sun and it has made us very excited for summer. Some of the children in Saturday Club started to think about their aspirations for the future by drawing what they want to be when they are older and we are in awe with what they came up with. The answers ranged from Digger Driver to a helper for young children and one even said that they want to be a mermaid. We believe they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it so we are delighted to see them thinking about their future already.
SELFA’s calendar for the upcoming spring and summer terms is now live on our website, click here to see the full activity list as we start to come out of lockdown and restrictions begin to be lifted. We are so excited to bring back so many groups that we have not been able to deliver for so long and we hope that the children and young people are excited too!