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Lockdown blues are banished thanks to care packages

October 12, 2021

It may not be the art therapy that children in Emerge’s programs are used to but over the past few weeks, very special care packages have been delivered to children living in crisis and transitional homes.

Each pack consists of an age appropriate colouring-in book and crayons or colouring pencils, together with a prepaid envelope so children can send a drawing or letter back to the Emerge team if they want.

Julia, Emerge’s therapeutic team leader, said the concept for the care packs came about as an alternative to face-to-face arts therapy.

“We cannot run our usual groups because of lockdown restrictions. These care packs are something special for them to do and to show us when we connect in with them virtually,” Julia said.

Each pack contains a card with a personalised message.

Craft packs, donated from Uniting Connections, were delivered during the holidays too.

“We wanted to let the children know that we are thinking of them, give them something fun and creative to do at home, and feel connected to Emerge,” Julia said.

Emerge ran four online fun sessions during school holidays as part of the Little Sparkz program, including a dance zoom and cupcake decorating, and cookie baking.

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