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Local organisations join forces to help local children

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Local children have been helped to occupy their time during the coronavirus lockdown, thanks to the support of a number of different organisations throughout Gateshead. 

Families identified as being most in need have been receiving activity packs containing art materials, books, games and activities for children and young people to help keep them active and busy. More than 450 activity packs have already been sent out. 

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Local schools have played a major role in identifying families who might benefit most from the packs, along with staff from the council's social care and early help teams.  

It's been a group effort with both the council and its partners actively lending a hand. 

  • Private companies have been donating items such as magazines, comics, books and even unsold chocolate Easter Eggs for distribution to needy children. 

  • Citizens Advice Gateshead has donated toys and a wide range of other materials to add to the activity packs as part of a joint campaign with Gateshead Council called Brighten a Child's Days 

  • Gateshead Council has been using its own contacts to secure supplies of art materials, skipping ropes and chalks. 

  • Borderline Books have donated books for distribution to children 

  • Gateshead Libraries have been donating brand new children's books for inclusion in the activity packs and ensuring that they are sent to the right aged child. 

Responsibility for assembling the packs has gone to a wide cross-section of Council workers with sports centre staff, receptionists, office workers and librarians mucking in to get the activity packs and food parcels assembled and ready for distribution. 

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, says: "This is a perfect example of what local organisations can do to help one another and the local community. 

"Supporting local families at this difficult time is incredibly important and I'm really proud of the way all of these different organisations throughout Gateshead have come together to help.  

"It's clear that a lot of people recognise how difficult it is for families and have been very generous, everyone has really pulled together to help the community and I applaud them." 

Helpers
09 June 2020

Local children have been helped to occupy their time during the coronavirus lockdown, thanks to the support of a number of different organisations throughout Gateshead. 

Families identified as being most in need have been receiving activity packs containing art materials, books, games and activities for children and young people to help keep them active and busy. More than 450 activity packs have already been sent out. 

Childs activity pack_02
Local schools have played a major role in identifying families who might benefit most from the packs, along with staff from the council's social care and early help teams.  

It's been a group effort with both the council and its partners actively lending a hand. 

  • Private companies have been donating items such as magazines, comics, books and even unsold chocolate Easter Eggs for distribution to needy children. 

  • Citizens Advice Gateshead has donated toys and a wide range of other materials to add to the activity packs as part of a joint campaign with Gateshead Council called Brighten a Child's Days 

  • Gateshead Council has been using its own contacts to secure supplies of art materials, skipping ropes and chalks. 

  • Borderline Books have donated books for distribution to children 

  • Gateshead Libraries have been donating brand new children's books for inclusion in the activity packs and ensuring that they are sent to the right aged child. 

Responsibility for assembling the packs has gone to a wide cross-section of Council workers with sports centre staff, receptionists, office workers and librarians mucking in to get the activity packs and food parcels assembled and ready for distribution. 

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, says: "This is a perfect example of what local organisations can do to help one another and the local community. 

"Supporting local families at this difficult time is incredibly important and I'm really proud of the way all of these different organisations throughout Gateshead have come together to help.  

"It's clear that a lot of people recognise how difficult it is for families and have been very generous, everyone has really pulled together to help the community and I applaud them." 

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