Families have given their “heartfelt thanks” to Girvan based children’s charity Children 1st for the support they have offered during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Children 1st Carrick Family Wellbeing Service, which is based within Girvan Primary School, has offered wrap-around support to help local children and families during the lockdown.
Throughout the pandemic, the Children 1st team continued to be there for children and families on a practical level by offering financial advice and assistance including supermarket vouchers, hot meals and help with the cost of fuel and essential household items whilst supporting families to access the school hubs.
The charity also offered emotional support to children and families through virtual sessions, family engagement events and by delivering activity and wellbeing packs.
This has all been possible thanks to supporting from players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have raised over £6.9 million for Children 1st over the last 12 years.
Michelle Robertson, from the Children 1st Girvan service, said that the whole family support that Children 1st offers is more important than ever as families struggle to cope during the pandemic.
She said: “Families have told us that they need financial, practical and emotional support and that’s exactly what we offer. That wrap-around support is making a huge difference to families during this challenging time. As this devastating pandemic continues, we will continue to work alongside families to ensure that they receive all the support they need to get through this. This support has only been possible thanks to the funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”
One Girvan family said the charity has been a lifeline for them during the lockdown.
The family, who wished to remain anonymous, said:
“It is very difficult to put into words just how much your continued support of our family has meant to us this year. We are very grateful for everything you have done for us, without your help this year I know we would have struggled with many of the events of this most unusual year – A heartfelt thanks to you all.”
Recently, the charity organised a nature week where families enjoyed outdoor walks and outings to the beach and the local community.
Families have also enjoyed the chance to come together for activities in the charity’s garden.
Michelle added: “We have parents who have taken the lead on this and they have spent time with their children designing and planting an area of the garden. These activities have had a focus on how things grow, the environment and have provided opportunities for families to come together.”
The charity has also teamed up with the local foodbank to ensure families can put food on their table.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:
“I’m so pleased that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are making it possible for Children 1st to offer practical, emotional and financial support offered to families in Girvan and across Scotland. This is making such a big difference to children and their wider families during what continues to be such a challenging time.”