Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Refreshing Day

We recently held a Refresher Day in Kenilworth for our wonderful team of volunteers. We all came together to catch up, share thoughts and learn some useful new skills. We even stood in the shoes of the bereaved children we support and told 'My Story' about a loss we'd encountered during our lives. Telling 'My Story' is an important part of Guy's Gift support programme and it was a moving, interesting and somewhat liberating experience for us all.

Guy's Gift's volunteers help us support bereaved children in Warwickshire by being a part of both one to one and group counselling sessions. Without them, we wouldn't be able to reach as many children and young people as we we think they're rather fabulous.  

Towards the end of the day we spent a happy hour or so indulging in some art and craftiness. The idea was simple...using a glue stick, a piece of paper and a pile of magazines, we were tasked with creating a collage about anything we liked. There was much pondering over which pictures to include and the sounds of merry chatter and ripping paper filled the air! It was great fun, but there was a serious side to it all as it was introducing our volunteers to an activity that they could try with the bereaved children they support. Putting together a collage gives children a chance to create, relax, escape, chat...and not worry too much about being neat. It's also a great way for them to express what they're thinking about or how they're feeling and can become a useful talking point.

Here we all are with our collage creations. It was a great day and everyone agreed that it was lovely for us all to meet up, see old friends and even make some new ones.

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