More than 80 children had some serious Easter fun at the latest Wacky Wednesday on Wednesday 4th April.
Organised by Shona Stone, Community Empowerment Officer for housing provider Liverty, the event took place at Rockwell Green Primary School. Members of community groups represented included the Wellington One Team, TDBC, Getset, Wellington Mayor Gary James and Councillor Andrew Govier on behalf of Wellington Town Council, Churches Together, Better and Dementia Awareness organisation Reminiscence Learning.
For the first time representatives from St John’s Ambulance and Wellington YMCA joined in. YMCA Housing and Support Enabler, Emma Dallim, was accompanied by two of the three refugees that the YMCA is currently caring for in Wellington. Hilal from Sudan and Awet from Eritrea are both 17 and travelled for two years from their war-torn countries before reaching the UK via northern France last year. They devised their own ‘Guess the Eggs’ game for children to play. St John’s Ambulance members gave children some hands-on practice in chest compression using their CPR models.
Wacky Wednesdays have become one of the most popular local events in the school holidays for young children and their parents and carers. They provide a programme of activities for young children and an opportunity for direct involvement with local agencies. Shona Stone said, “We aim to make families more aware of the various groups in the Wellington community, putting people in touch with support agencies in the town.”
Each community group represented contributes an activity or game for children up to 11 to enjoy. And there were lots to enjoy including an Easter Egg Hunt in the school’s grounds, Giant Jenga, egg painting, biscuit decorating (and eating), etching, bunny mask-making and smoothies to be made using a pedal-powered blender – all for £1. And there were free refreshments and a hot-dog barbecue.
Liverty is now one of the largest housing providers in the South West. The company is the result of the merger of Knightstone Housing and Devon and Cornwall Homes.