News News Hundreds of children receive arts and crafts packs - thanks to our supporters More than 400 children in 200 families have now received 'Scrappy Dooz' craft packs from Children North East, thanks to donations from a vast array of different organisations and individuals. When Children North East put a call-out to help fill their resource packs for pupils, the arts organisation, Culture Bridge, was amongst the first to respond with enough craft materials to send to 300 children. Since lockdown began, Children North East has been distributing hundreds of packs filled with an assortment of items including colouring pens and pencils, sketch books, stickers and paints to schools in disadvantaged areas across the region who are sending them out to pupils. They're also being distributed to the families with whom our charity works. So far in total you've helped support an amazing 222 families and 429 children! Luke Bramhall, School Research and Delivery Service Manager for Children North East, said the charity had been overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses, community groups and individuals who had responded to the call-out for products to make up the packs and said the donation from Culture Bridge North East of materials provided by Arts Council England, including this great 'Let's Create' resource (above), was a huge boost. “This is such an amazing donation by Culture Bridge and the Arts Council and will make a real difference to many children’s experience of lockdown,” he said. “We are incredibly grateful for people’s generosity. However, we also know the need is greater and we do encourage more businesses and individuals to get in touch. Schools and families have talked about the significant difference these resources are making to their day- to-day lives. One teacher, from Thomas Walling Primary Academy in Blakelaw, Newcastle, said families had been delighted with their packs. So many of our families struggle, not just during these uncertain times, but at times when the children aren’t at school for a long period of time. The packs have provided resources and activities that our children would not have normally had access to. Mel Burgess, North East Programme Manager for Culture Bridge North East said of their donation: It’s our ambition for all children and young people to have a rich cultural childhood. We recognise that not all students will have equal access to opportunities during this period of school closure, so we are delighted that we can support Children North East in delivering Arts Council England’s ‘ Let's Create art packs’ to those who need them most. More donations are needed all the time and any companies who can help, are encouraged to get in touch with Luke at [email protected].