Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:49
Box of Rainbows is a Fenland based initiative funded by Healthy Fenland Fund and the High Sheriffs Award the scheme is aimed at providing a free box of creative resources every months for 6 months to 25 eligible Fenland families.
Each of the 6 boxes have a theme such as Bugs and Beasts, Fairy tales and Summer at the seaside. Typically a box includes a selection of craft kits, felt, fabrics, glue, coloured paper, card, cork, pipe cleaners, pom poms, wool and some creative ideas sheets to provide inspiration.
The Rainbow boxes are designed, picked and packed by volunteers from the Fenland.
February’s animal themed box included items such as:
- Animal stencils & collage pack
- a kit to make your own zoo scene
- a dragon puppet kits
- a selection of brightly colour felt
- a make your own miniature animals kit
- note book and 12 coloured pencil
- knitted heart
- craft resources
- Fred the frog felt friend craft pack
The funding enables the charity ReusfulUK to provide a much needed creative experience for children who have a health or wellbeing condition that limits their life or opportunity.
Many children experiencing long term debilitating illness do not have the same opportunities as other children. Their lives often involve hospital visit, continual medical treatments and poor health. Many lack opportunities for making personal choices, social inclusion and spending time with others to do fun activities and play. This has a negative impact on the mental health of many young people which isolates them further.
To date 24 boxes have already been received with great excitement and positive feedback has been given.
Sarah Hall Programme Manager said
“The boxes give families the opportunity to play, be creative, and have a sensory experience, which we hope will enable them all to have lots of fun whilst spending precious time together making lots of valuable memories. We have already delivered boxes across the whole of Fenland and still have more to allocate. We are appealing for your help to reach out to eligible families so they too can start to enjoy the benefits.”
Families who have received a box have said
“Thank you so much for our lovely surprise box of rainbows received this evening. Maya and Maxs smiles and reaction i think said a thousand words. We have two very excited Children! (and parents!!!) Thank you so so much we are so grateful!” - The Ratcliffe Family
“Thank you so much for our box of rainbows, it put a smile on our faces after a few difficult days”- The Taylor Family
If your family or someone you know would benefit from one of these boxes please share this story with them and encourage them to download and fill in the easy to complete application form.
For further information or enquiries
Call: 0560 364 9391
Reuseful UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (no: 1126044)