Local families receiving Feel Good boxes during Covid-19 crisis

Feelgood bags for families
Feelgood bags for families

Active Notts has been working with key partners to send out 200 Feel Good boxes to families in Mid Notts, to try to make the current Covid-19 situation a bit more bearable and help them stay healthy.

The exact content in each box will vary from place to place but each will focus of key areas of staying healthy in lockdown:

  • eating well – this could include recipe cards and food basics
  • making time for yourself, relax and getting quality sleep- this could include a book to read and bubble bath
  • drinking enough water - this could include a water bottle
  • keeping busy – this could include puzzles, playing cards, lego and art activities
  • keeping active- this could include a hula hoop, skipping rope, football, yo-yo, juggling balls or a resistant band. 

All the resources will have activity cards to go alongside them, acknowledging that not everyone has access to the internet for ideas to help make the most out of resources. 

Helen Davis, Strategic Lead at Active Notts, whose aim is to enable people to get more active, said: “We are working with partners across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood to support families that might need a little bit of help at the moment.

“Our partners in education, health and social care and the voluntary sector are telling us that some people living in the communities where higher health inequalities exist are at times, finding it harder to cope with lockdown. This is because of a number of reasons, including a lack of indoor space, limited outdoor space, often there are more people living in the household, underlying health problems, lower income, lack of IT and limited access to Wi-Fi.

"Our partnership approach will ensure resources are not duplicated and people are supported in the right way to get through lockdown.”

Residents will have the chance to take part in challenges and competitions, using the resources, and if they want to can enter an “estate competition” to win prizes. They will also be asked for their feedback on the packs and ideas for what they think would be good in another box.

Hayley Barsby, Chief Executive at Mansfield District Council, said: “We hope that residents will enjoy the resources in the packs and having been able to influence what activities and resources are in them will empower and encourage people to engage, and connect positively in their community and with organisations and providers, providing a platform to build on for future health and wellbeing work.”

Thilan Bartholomeuz, Blidworth GP and Clinical Lead at Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership, said: “The boxes will also provide an opportunity for us as a system to understand how to best support communities through lockdown, and help shape services and provisions in the future so they can have the best possible impact.

"This simple resource is providing an opportunity for services and providers to work closely together, build community relationships and working partnerships that will hopefully grow and develop, as together we work to help everyone get through lockdown.”

Press released issued by Active Notts. See https://www.activenotts.org.uk/ (link opens in new window).

Published: May 21st 2020