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Hope grows at hub with tree

Posted on : 19 May 2020

Hope grows at hub with tree

A special tree is helping youngsters showcase their wishes for the future. The wooden “Tree of Hope” was added to Idris Davies Childcare Hub, to help mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Children have been encouraged to hang personal messages of hope and positivity on the structure, which was created by the charity Growing Space. The “Trees of Hope” have also been appearing in hospitals and GP surgeries.

The Idris Davies Childcare Hub was established at the end of March 2020 to support the childcare needs of key workers and vulnerable pupils across the Upper Rhymney Valley.

Mr Owen, who is Head Teacher at Idris Davies 3-18 School and also one of the Hub Leaders, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Growing Spaces for the donation of the Tree of Hope. The children and staff at the Hub have spent important time reflecting on the current situation and writing messages of hope at this difficult time.

“It sends such an important message to everyone that comes to the Hub that we will get through this together as a community.”

Mrs Pascoe, Head Teacher at at Fochriw & Bryn Awel Primary School. also Hub Leader, added: “The Tree of Hope with messages of positivity hung from the branches by the children makes a notable feature in the Hub’s main reception. It communicates optimism that stretches out into the school and wider community like the roots of a tree.

“We are privileged to receive this gift and thankful to the kindness of those who made it possible.”

The project aims to help youngsters look ahead to the future, beyond this difficult time. One note pinned to the tree reads: “I hope for cuddles.”

Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs May 18-24, aims to help the emotional wellbeing of people at all ages.

Cllr Barabara Jones, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, said: “This is a brilliant idea, which will help young people and their families stay positive during this uncertain time.”

For more on the Growing Space charity, click here: https://bit.ly/3g0xfPY


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