Wellbeing packs to help children with school work and mental health.
Wellbeing packs are being distributed by Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University to help children with school work and mental health.

500 vulnerable children in Hull to receive wellbeing packs

Five hundred more vulnerable children in Hull and East Yorkshire will be given help during the coronavirus pandemic in the shape of a handy wellbeing pack.

The packs are being distributed by Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University to help children with school work and their mental health.

Since coronavirus measures were introduced in late March, the charity has distributed more than 7,000 of the packs.

Now a further 500 are being produced thanks to a sponsorship by the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Natasha Banke, director of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, said: “We know this is a very stressful time for children and families, so we’ve put together a handy pack full of brilliant resources to be delivered by schools to those who need support in our city the most.

“Although the packs have some of the items you might expect, like coloured pencils and books, we’ve also made sure to include items to help support mental wellbeing too. This includes mood cards, which can help children talk about their feelings, a stress ball, a Happy, Confident Me journal and Un-Worry Me book – two great resource for children to understand and process their emotions.”

Emma Latimer, NHS Hull CCG accountable officer said: “It is so important that we support children to understand their emotions in what will have been one of the most difficult times in their lives. The pandemic, associated fear and huge cultural changes to our way of life haven’t only affected us adults, but children too. As resilient as they can be, it is easy to see that they would need some extra support with their feelings and emotions right now.”

Jo Moxon, Hull City Council’s assistant director for learning and skills, said: “The council continues to value the excellent work of the Children’s University. The learning enrichment they provide has taken on a new dimension during the restrictions of coronavirus and it is hugely welcomed.”

Find out more about the packs here.