Easter HAF 2022 – Day 4

After a great week of activities, the Easter HAF programme came to close on day 4, but what a fantastic week it had been for the children in the Whitchurch community!

The session was led by Ang, our Tutor, and supported by Linda of the Beechtree and Emma of the SYA.

The children had a great time cooking, using Easter shaped pasta pieces to make a delicious lunch, that they ate at the midway stage of the activities. Incorporated in this session there was lots of learning about fruit and vegetables, and how important they are for our health. Many questions were asked from the children surrounding this and with the weather on side, play time was announced outside where hula hooping, dancing, and floor drawing were all completed.

The Beechtree are very proud of all of the children who attended the Easter HAF programme 2022. It has been a pleasure having them with us, but this would not have been possible without the support of their families, our volunteers, Beechtree staff, and SYA. Parents/ Guradians, Sarah, Kim, Linda, Ang, Fee, Emma, a sincere thank you to all. 

On the back of such a successful programme, the Beechtree will be applying for the Summer and Winter HAF programmes in the hope that these can be ran again soon, starting August 2022.

Please keep an eye on our social media accounts as all of the information will be uploaded for you to  join us once again.

Happy Easter!

Easter HAF 2022 – Day 3

Another very enjoyable day here at the Beechtree for Day 3 of our Easter HAF Programme.

This session led by Emma of the SYA, and supported by our Volunteers Kim and Sarah, was spent exploring the outdoors, drawing, playing football, painting stones, and talking about how we should all be kind to one another.

The photos below give us a great insight into how much the children enjoyed the day, and will undoubtedly remember this day for a long time.

Lets all continue to enjoy the sunshine, support one another, and look forward to the next session of the HAF programme.

Easter HAF 2022 – Day 2

Day 2 of our Easter HAF Activities at the Beechtree! 

Led by our Volunteer Ang, and Supported by Emma of the SYA and Linda of the Beechtree, the children completed gardening duties, and was educated on the importance of garden care for our wildlife. 

We planted sunflower seeds, plants, painted pots, made tower structures from marshmallows, and went on a scavenger hunt looking for lots of insects! As you will see from the images below, there was lots of things going on!

We truly appreciate the support, and trust, given to us by the Children’s families, and we hope that you have enjoyed hearing from your little ones, each day, of what they have been doing with us.

Food this day was a lovely Chicken Dinner, with fruit and nibbles provided throughout the session.

We are looking forward to Day 3’s activities which will be an extremely fulfilled, physical, day of entertainment, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Beechtree.

Should you wish to donate to the Beechtree, please contact us on 01948 258 220, or use the links provided on our fundraising website page. Every single contribution, however big or small.

Thank You

Easter HAF 2022 Day 1

What a fantastic first day it was for our children of Whitchurch on day 1 of our Easter HAF programme!

Led by Fee and supported by Emma of the SYA, the children created their own Angle Saxon styled Easter Egg and entered our Beechtree Postcard Competition! I think you will agree that this looks amazing and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

We wish to thank Fee and Emma for their support, and we look forward to the rest of the week, where we will be gardening, cooking, and  doing lots of fun physical activities. 

If you have not declared your interest we strongly suggest that you do so as soon as possible on 01948 258 220 quoting your HAF voucher code. Those without a voucher are more than welcome to join us for a small charge per session. 

The HAF is Back!

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Update 11th April 2022:

We are only 1 week away from our Easter HAF Programme starting! How quickly has the time flown by?

Spaces are still available so do call in or contact us at the Beechtree to declare your interest onto a days activity. Hours will be 10am to 2pm each day, and will consist of:

Tuesday 19th April – Arts and Crafts

Wednesday 20th April – Gardening (planned indoors currently)

Thursday 21st April – Enrichment Activities

Friday 22nd April – Cooking

All sessions will include 1hr of physical activity, and will include food and drink. 

All of our activities will be supervised and supported by Shropshire Youth Associations Youth Worker, Volunteers and the expertise of tutors knowledgeable in their area. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

HAF

We are delighted to announce that we are proudly holding the HAF Easter Activity Programme for the children of Whitchurch.

These 4 day fun filled activities are directly towards those children who are in receipt of free school meals, with our local schools providing the vouchers for those wishing to attend.

Aimed at children 6 to 12 years, we will be holding art and craft, cooking, gardening, physical activity and enrichment sessions over the 4 days, however places are limited.

To request your place onto the programme please pop into the Beechtree and provide us with your Easter HAF Voucher. We will ask for you to complete a quick application form where you are able to  declare any allergies and emergency contact information to us etc and that is it!

For further details of those partaking in the programme please follow the link below:

Shropshire HAF Spring 2022 What’s On

We are really looking forward to welcoming you at the Beechtree!

If you would like to discuss this further please pick up the phone and contact us on 01948 258 220 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday. 

Winter HAF programme

We have provided food and activities for young people in Whitchurch who rely on free school dinners 20-22 December 2022. We offered three days of art, drama and cakemaking fun and a hot meal and food bag to take home to cover two more meals. We are grateful to HAF Shropshire for organising the scheme and funding.

Treasure Hunt

The Keen Green Gardeners took part in a treasure hunt set in the community garden. Young people had to use their noggins to solve picture codes, maths skills, de-scramble texts and complete puzzles in order to win the big prizes.

The group were fantastic and worked together to complete all of the challenges in the allotted time frame. They walked away with gardening diaries, note pads and pens so that they could document their journey into the world of gardening. Well done folks!

Autumn planting

Tom has been leading youth sessions outside with our young people who have been harvesting fruit in the garden, weeding and planting spring bulbs in our planters. They have left hand drawn markers so that we know who had the “green fingers” and what is growing.

We are so glad of our outside spaces at this time that enable people to be together while maintaining social distancing guidance. Being outside in nature really helps with stress and anxiety and we have been blessed with glorious sunshine this autumn.

Youth Work now online

Digital Youth Club Zoom session

Tom has been updating Facebook with how this vital service was able to continue during lock down by setting up an online youth club.

“Working from home during lock down brought up a lot of challenges for myself, Jan, Nic and our Young Leader Sophia but we persevered and set up our very own Digital Youth Club using Zoom (which I think everyone is familier with by now!) Youth work is an essential service for many young people and we felt the need to carefully balance the needs of the public health crisis against the need to provide essential
support to young people at a time of heightened challenge.

Being back in the Centre has made me reflect on everything the Beechtree Youth Club has achieved in this time. Since the first week of lockdown we have been delivering 4 to 5 Digital Youth Club sessions a week. That’s around 20 sessions a month and to date 107 Youth Club Sessions in total during the pandemic.

The young people have enjoyed Q and A sessions, guided learning sessions with origami, experiments making slime (led by the young people) live tours of where members are, a Netflix Party, contests, quizzes and much much more!”

Tom is planning to start some small group activities soon using our community garden and following social distancing guidelines. There is plenty to be done in the garden and it is a safe place to meet and have fun together.