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Helping families feel good during lockdown

Posted onPosted on 10th Jun

Families across Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood are among those receiving Feel Good boxes to help give them extra support during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Active Notts, whose aim is to enable people to get more active, has worked with partners to send out 200 Feel Good boxes to help families stay healthy and active and make lockdown a little more bearable.

The contents in each box vary, but focus on:

Eating well – this could include recipe cards and food basics.
Making time for yourself, relaxing and getting quality sleep — this could include a book to read and bubble bath.
Drinking enough water — this could include a water bottle.
Keeping busy – this could include puzzles, playing cards, Lego and art activities.
Keeping active — this could include a hula hoop, skipping rope, football, yo-yo, juggling balls or a resistant band.

All the resources have activity cards to go alongside them, acknowledging that not everyone has access to the internet for ideas to help make the most out of resources.

Helen Davis, strategic lead at Active Notts, said: “We are working with partners across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood to support families who might need a little bit of help at the moment.

“Our partners in education, health and social care and the voluntary sector are telling us that some people living in the communities where higher health inequalities exist are, at times, finding it harder to cope with lockdown.

“This is because of a number of reasons, including a lack of indoor space, limited outdoor space, often more people living in the household, underlying health problems, lower income, lack of IT and limited access to wifi.”

Thilan Bartholomeuz, Blidworth GP and clinical lead at Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership, said: “The boxes will also provide an opportunity for us as a system to understand how to best support communities through lockdown, and help shape services and provisions in the future so they can have the best possible impact.

“This simple resource is providing an opportunity for services and providers to work closely together, build community relationships and working partnerships that will hopefully grow and develop, as together we work to help everyone get through lockdown.”

Hayley Barsby, chief executive at Mansfield District Council added: “The Feel Good boxes give us a valuable opportunity to connect positively with residents during the coronavirus outbreak and encourage them to stay active physically and mentally.

“The resources provide a platform to build on for future health and wellbeing work in the community and we hope that the community fully enjoys using the contents.

“We’d like thank resident for engaging with the programme so far to help shape the activities that we are supporting the delivery of with our partners.”