It is evident that the Covid 19 pandemic with the subsequent lockdown measures has had a devastating impact on peoples’ lives. Not only the impact of the massive loss of life that has devastated many families but the longer-term effects on the population as a whole. The effects of long Covid are little understood and causing a considerable amount of anxiety in the general public and the effects of the disruption caused by lockdown on the education of children is particularly disturbing.
The closure of schools, remote learning and the lack of social contact has had a disturbing impact in many of those children affected by the interruption of their schooling. Social distancing during the lockdown meant that many children were confined to their bedrooms without contact to their schoolfriends and resulted in a sense of isolation. Some resorted to online communication and many found consolation in playing games on their tablets and ‘phones for long periods.
With the slow but steady reduction in the incidents of the virus the restrictions have been removed and children have been able to return to school. This has not been without its problems with some of the children concerned about the loss of time and communication that they had with their teachers and the resultant effect on their ability to sit exams. After such a long time spent on their own some were anxious about interacting with their peers.
Not unusually, the reported incidence of mental illness amongst school age children has increased substantially.The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill was fortunate in being able to invite representatives of two local charities who specialise in helping children with those anxieties, Chris Jones of Home-Start Essex and Sandra Cole of Kids Inspire, to talk about their work with children and families.
Chris Jones - Home– Start Essex,
Home-Start Essex is part of the HSUK network which was founded in Leicester 50 years ago with the aim of supporting parents who are struggling with the pressures of modern-day life. They want them to be able to enjoy their children and helping parents ultimately helps the children.Chris Jones visited the club at our Paupers Night meeting in Carl Watson’s Squires Coffee Shop on Monday 30th January to tell us a bit about the charity.
The charity helps families in many ways - volunteers who visit families in the home allowing them to get out and about, help with play, encourage the establishment of routines, and provide practical and emotional support. They also provide telephone befrienders who can offer emotional support. The Home Start team help family members with low-esteem and lack of confidence to make friendships and build their self-confidence sufficiently to enable them to interact with other people and to access other groups and interests.
Home-Start has made a tremendous difference to the families seeking their support. 82% of families supported in 2021-22 reported an improvement in their mental health. 84% of parents supported in 2021-22 reported feeling more involved in their child’s development.
To promote the work of the charity and the events that they organise they will be staging a Concert at Rayleigh Methodist Church on 15th July 2023
Sandra Cole—Community Fund Raiser—Kids Inspire
Kids Inspire, based in Chelmsford, was founded by Sue Bell OBE in 2007. After working in schools as a drama teacher, Sue went on to qualify as a counsellor as she was concerned that many children who were excluded from school were the victims of distress caused by a variety of reasons including neglect, abuse, bullying and family breakup, but had nowhere to turn to for support. This resulted in self-harm and risky behaviours, such as alcohol/drug abuse, difficulties with eating, depression and thoughts of suicide, the result of which led to educational exclusion and social isolation, instead of receiving positive intervention.
Shortly after founding Kids Inspire Sue found that not only the children required help but, in many cases, the families also required support and started family inclusive treatment, which meant families often received therapy alongside the child to support long-term sustainable outcomes. The aims of Kids Inspire have never changed - the charity’s goal is to meet the needs of the child at the centre of each case and for the child to thrive once completing a bespoke treatment plan.
The charity has gone from strength to strength and now a team of 249 employees and volunteers provide many forms of therapy including, bespoke therapy tailored to the unique emotional, behavioural or mental health needs of each young person they work with, family inclusive consultations to strengthen relationships and the environment surrounding the child, working creatively to encourage body and mind reconnection, focussing on the strengths of the child and the family to nurture resilience, creative therapies (Art, Play, Drama, Music, Dance/Movement) for the evidenced healing that Arts can bring about. These therapies benefit the children and the wider public by strengthening relationships, reducing crime, and creating responsible citizens happily participating in their communities.
In the year from April 2020 to May 2021 98% of the parents the charity supported reported positive change in maintaining their own wellbeing, meeting their child’s emotional needs, implementing boundaries, and managing the child’s behaviour, establishing healthy family routines and improving education and learning. 94% of the children and young people they supported reported positive change in: self-regulating feelings and behaviour, improving relationships, building confidence and self-esteem, establishing, and maintaining friendships and engaging with education and learning.
In June 2022 the work of the charity was recognised by being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The members of the club were encouraged by the work that both these charities were doing in the local community to support families and children in difficult situations and, at their Business Meeting on Monday 13th March, voted to donate £250 to each of the charities to help them with the vital work that they do.
more Linda Addis, Community Engagement and Fundraising Officer of Trust Links, visited the club to tell us a little bit about the charity, its history, and the work that it does in the local community.
more Jackie has been recognised by Rotary Great Britain and Ireland for her tremendous effort in collecting 1000 un-wanted bikes to be shipped to Africa
more Despite collecting well over 1000 unwanted and unused bicycles, Jackie Wellman and her trusty helper Bob Taylor have been out on the road again twice recently to collect even more bikes.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill deliver its 1,000th bicycle for shipment to Africa.
more The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation offers comfort and support to young people suffering from cancer
more 24th February 2023 will mark the 1-year anniversary of the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Over the last 12 months, Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland have responded incredibly to the needs of Ukraine and its people.
more Jackie Wellman and Bob Taylor from the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were on the road again in one of Rotarian Steve Gale’s vans on the 5th of May collecting yet more unused, unwanted bicycles from the Rayleigh, Hockley, and Southend areas.
more Jackie Wellman, with her trusty helper Bob Taylor and the help of Steve Gale, who lends her the use of one of his vans, just can’t stop collecting unwanted bikes.
more Little did Jackie Wellman think that when she started collecting unwanted and unused bikes on behalf of the Re~Cycle charity back in 2020, she would be well on her way to collecting 1000 bicycles.
more In response to an appeal by Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity, the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill have donated £180 to buy two boxes of wedding accessories that turn wedding ceremonies in hospital into a memorable occasion.
more Rotary International responds to the devastation caused by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill has donated a total of £1,500 to help ease the suffering of the victims of the war in Ukraine
more Another 42 bikes collected brings the total so far to 805 bikes!
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill presents Southend's Homeless Charity, HARP with a cheque from the proceeds of the club’s Charity Golf Tournament
more Our 16th collection of bikes for Re~Cycle makes a total of 725 bikes collected so far and yet still more to come!
more Jackie's bicycle deliveries continue....
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill presents laptops to Glebe Primary School
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill is very pleased to have been able to help Plumberow Academy’s PTA with a donation of a storage box for their “pre-loved” uniforms collection
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill makes it 601 bikes for Africa
more Our collection of bikes for Africa reaches the landmark of over 500 bikes collected, enough to fill one shipping container!
more President of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill, Dr. Geoff Kittle presented two laptops to the pupils of Grove Wood Primary School.
more Yet another (the 9th) collection of bikes for Re~Cycle, which makes over 500 bikes collected
more The members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were each asked to nominate a charity for the club to donate £100 in their name from the funds raised by the club. As a result, a total of £2,700 has been donated among 20 charities. See details below.
more The Club helps Camp Jojo with a £1,000 donation
more Our donation towards the costs of maintaining the caring, essential service that Havens Hospices provide.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill donates to local food banks
more Since former President, Jackie Wellman’s, initial bicycle collection staged just after total lock-down eased on 2nd June when she and Rtn. Sertac Yilmaz collected 40 bikes and 42 on the following day, the project has gone from strength to strength.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill collects 82 bicycles for re-cycle
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill donates to The Danny Green Fund
more The members 0f the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill, having been made aware of the good work being carried out by the Rawreth Riding for the Disabled Association by their Community and Vocational Chairman, Alan Buxton, voted to make a donation to the charity
more When the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were approached by the Grange Parent and Toddler Group regarding a contribution towards funding a much needed storage box for their outdoor toys the club was pleased to be able to totally fund the box
more At a recent meeting, we were entertained by David Stanley and the members of the Southend Music Man Project. At the conclusion of their performance Senior Vice-President Jackie Wellman presented the Project members with a cheque for £3000
more At the club’s Monday meeting, Katie Packard, a student at Southampton University, visited the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill to describe her vision of helping school children in Uganda by building playgrounds
more Hannah Kittle ran the London Marathon to raise money for the paediatric intensive care unit at St. George’s Hospital, London to thank the doctors and nurses who saved her baby’s life
more We we wonderfully entertained at our meeting on 27th November 2017 by some of the students from the Music Man Project and after dinner we were given a truly inspirational talk by David Stanley, their founder.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill took the opportunity of the visit of District 1240’s District Governor, Nick Sillitoe to present him with a cheque for £600 in aid of BuildAid, one of his nominated charities.
more Rayleigh CAB volunteers Sue Murray and Gordon Raymer were on hand to take delivery of a new computer donated by the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill.
more Mica Day, representative of Southend Hospital, receives cheque for Â£2000 from our club.
more President Bill Farmer presents a cheque for Â£250 to Carol Warren, the manager of the Hockley and Hawkwell over 55's Club
more Following a performance by the Mushroom Theatre Company at the Rayleigh Mill Rotary Club, members Dave Jarvis, MD of Essex Civil Engineering, and Howard Pannell, MD of Pannell Development, donated Â£1,000 to the Equal Performing Arts charity.
more RNLI representative Terry Sheppard is presented with a cheque for Â£2,000 from Past President Alec Banyard.
more Great team effort raises Â£4000 for local MS Society and Parkinson's UK Support Group
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