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The school closures brought added strain to many families as parents very suddenly had to learn how to home school their children, many whilst trying to work from home.
Home Start Caithness is a fantastic organisation which has a network of trained volunteers who offer expert support to help families with young children through challenging times. Feedback from our initial project ‘Caithness, Through My Window’ had shown the importance of activities for adults, as well as children to address issues such as maintaining wellbeing. To respond to this, LAC decided to focus on the wellbeing of parents who were dealing with the issues of living through lockdown with young children, and deliver a bespoke craft project that provided a creative outlet for some of the parents of young families that Home Start Caithness are currently working with.
Hannah Cambridge was commissioned to deliver this project. The local illustrator who has been working on designing craft boxes throughout lockdown as a business venture, came up with the idea of a ‘back to school’ themed craft box to support parents in a creative and mindful way on the run up to the schools reopening.
The craft boxes that were delivered by Home Start Caithness to their participants included activities such as making beeswax food wraps for lunch boxes, weekly planners and other items that would be useful for children going back to school like stickers and stencils.