Kids’ kindness – A truly heartwarming new charity initiative has just launched that teaches kindness to children whilst developing their creativity.
Crafting Connections is an arts and crafts exchange that partners children with care home residents to form long-term friendships. Your child receives a monthly pack in the post with an artwork challenge and questionnaire about themselves to complete and send off to their new older friend (who’s doing the same). The following month, they receive their friend’s completed masterpieces and questionnaires and a fresh challenge to take part in. The packs also include some arts & crafts goodies, other creative ideas and wisdom on the month’s theme from older generations. Plus, everyone gets a Friendship Folder with their first pack to store their new pal’s pictures in, building up a lovely memento as the months go by.
Crafting Connections is run by national intergenerational charity The Together Project and aims to spread joy throughout care homes and family homes following what has been such a difficult time. Having an older friend in a child’s life has so many benefits, from broadening their world view to teaching values such as empathy and letting older people’s voices be heard.
Crafting Connections’ ambassador is the multi-million selling, award-winning children’s author/illustrator Nick Sharratt. Check out the ‘how to draw a self-portrait’ video he made as inspiration for the first month’s challenge!
Where possible, parents/guardians are asked to contribute £10 a month, but the scheme is also open to those who cannot afford to do so.
Visit www.craftingconnections.org.uk for more information.