The volunteer team at St Mary’s Chipping Norton have been working tirelessly to support those in the local community who are vulnerable to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis.
We’re so grateful to them for their efforts and for delivering the packs of essential toiletries that we created for families surviving the trauma of domestic abuse.
Thrive Northox HQ has been busy creating toiletry packs. Sourced in part by the wonderful donations made to the Midcounties Co Op food bank, these essential items were delivered to local families surviving the trauma of domestic abuse.
For families who find themselves home-schooling their children due to the Covid=19 lockdown, the purchase of stationery items may well too much for an already stretched budget.
Working alongside St Mary’s Church in Chipping Norton, Thrive has supplied stationery for activity packs.
Goody bags available for local families included pens, paper, pencils and journals.
For older children and young teens, booklets on maintaining a healthy physical and mental lifestyle were included too.
Essential Toiletry distribution
A tight budget means that many low-income families can simply not afford the luxury of shower gel, deodorant and even sanitary protection.
Thanks to the toiletry supplies donated to the Chipping Norton Co-op’s food bank, Thrive volunteers were able to make up 28 bags of toiletries.
In total, 28 packs of essential toiletry items were distributed to local schools and health visitors in the North Oxfordshire area as well as to the Freedom Programme, which supports survivors of domestic violence.
“The Bridge” at Chipping Norton School
One of our proudest achievements to date is the support we have been able to give to Chipping Norton School in the creation of their Nurture Room.
Not only were we able to assist financially with the set-up of this learning space but we offer ongoing help by making a weekly delivery of provisions for the dedicated Breakfast Club which runs daily in the room.
Nurture groups are classes of between six and 12 children or young people in early years, primary or secondary settings supported by the whole staff group and parents. Each group is run by two members of staff. Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their main class groups, spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms.
For many families surviving on tight finances, paying for school trips, swimming lessons and other extras for the kids are simply outside the scope of their budget.
Thrive assists by paying for some or all of these costs, enabling children to have experiences they would otherwise be unable to enjoy.
Since we started in 2016, we have contributed towards swimming lessons, Brownies, camping trips and singing lessons.