Caring for the carers, keeping in touch

By Tanga Club Hexham | April 30 2020

Caring for the carers, keeping in touch

Blog Category: General updateBlog Tags: Vulnerable Society, Education, Jobs & Skills, Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing and Other

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    Hi everyone! As we work through yet another week of lockdown and social distancing, we’ve been really busy behind the scenes at Tanga! Firstly we did ANOTHER video with some of our members and volunteers, this time in appreciation of our NHS and Key Workers. This can be viewed on our Tanga Hexham Facebook page – but be warned, it’s a bit of a tear jerker! We had a fab Easter Egg competition with lots of entries and judged by Hexham’s Councillor Cath Homer.

    We have also had in mind the children of Tanga Club. If you’ve been reading our posts here and on Facebook you’ll be aware that we only started running in mid November last year, and quickly created a family who have come to lean on each other for support. Fantastic stuff – until a pandemic hits and we realised that we needed to adapt to the new conditions and ‘think outside the box’ in terms of how to help our families through this. As a new group we didn’t have access to funds in the same way as others, and therefore needed to look for help! Luckily in stepped Karbon Homes, who also funded our Sensory Room, and now we are able to offer our young people some fantastic activity packs. We might be a bit late to the table with it but I’m confident the children will love what they get (but bear with us again because 80 plus activity packs will take time to assemble!!) Alongside this, we’re running “Virtual Tanga” on a Friday night, so that the children can see each other via Skype and say hello.

    Not only are we arranging activity packs, but we’ve also had in mind the mental health of our families at this time. We know better than most the everyday trials and tests of bringing up a child with additional needs – and coronavirus has amplified these issues. So turning our attention to ‘Caring for the carers’ we have teamed up with a well known and respected Holistic Therapist, Nicky Roberston, who is designing a bespoke course of relaxation and anxiety reducing sessions just for Tanga families. Again a shout out to Karbon Homes without whom we couldn’t have offered this amazing resource. Additionally, we’re running twice weekly support sessions for parents and carers so they can just dip in and out when they can make it, again via Skype.

    As always, there are plenty of things in the pipeline to keep us busy, and I will update on here what we’re up to. At Tanga we aim to do things differently and this approach won’t change. We want to be there for our families throughout this pandemic, and we want everyone to know that they’re not alone in this, Tanga will be there for you.

    Take care, stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

    Katherine <3

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