Learning packs help Great Southern families through pandemic

Sarah MakseGreat Southern Herald
A Smart Start co-ordinator Sarah Taylor, Aboriginal health promotions officer Kayleen Pickett and A Smart Start co-ordinator Mandy Tuffley.
Camera IconA Smart Start co-ordinator Sarah Taylor, Aboriginal health promotions officer Kayleen Pickett and A Smart Start co-ordinator Mandy Tuffley. Credit: Sarah Taylor/Sarah Taylor.

Hundreds of children across the Great Southern are set to receive free relief packs to keep them learning and entertained through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katanning family support organisation, A Smart Start Great Southern, joined forces with the Minderoo Foundation to source 350 packages for vulnerable families across the region.

A team of volunteers will deliver hygiene essentials, books and activities to keep young families entertained and informed at home.

A Smart Start Great Southern chairperson Jo Webb said the packs would provide immediate relief and ongoing support to families in need.

“Parents raised their concerns about not being able to give their children the same learning opportunities now that they had to be at home,” she said.

“Following discussion with those who work with children aged three to five, two relief packs have been put together.

“A health hygiene pack which supports the key COVID-19 messages of washing hands and coughing safely, plus a home activity pack to encourage learning while having fun.”

Ms Webb said the team collaborated quickly with local community leaders, health services and schools to seek out families.

“This was a community initiative,” she said

“We could not have done this in the time frame without a great team working together.”

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