It’s volunteer week and it’s been a really challenging year at SLOW with the pandemic and we’d like to thank our many, many special volunteers who help SLOW run in so many valuable ways.
We like to give a shout to these very special people who donate their time freely with a passion and commitment for the work we do to support bereaved families:
Susie, Nic and Tim – our expert bereaved parent facilitators
Liz and Maria – our welcoming Wednesday group volunteers
The wonderful SLOWsibs volunteers – Lisa and Laura
Our new SLOWsibs 18+ volunteer facilitator, the lovely Michael
One of amazing supervisors, Steve
Ben who kindly verified our accounts last year
Millie, Geena and Lizette from Herts Uni who are working with us to evaluate our support services
We’d also like to thank those who offered to work for free during the pandemic – thank you Clara
And finally, our trustees who worked tirelessly over the last year, Pippa, Tim, Kieran, Andrew, Sara, Fin, Samara and Helen
A quote from one of our lovely volunteers:
Walking into a room of bereaved parents for the first time was for me was like finding an oasis in a desert. I was with others who understood completely how I felt. It gave me strength to carry on. As the years have gone by I try to help SLOW regularly in small ways each week because I feel so passionately about its work. SLOW was and is still my lifeline of which I am proud to be a part.
We whole-heartedly appreciate the time and support you have dedicated to SLOW over the last year.
Like many small charities, SLOW has been impacted by the cancellation of fundraising events due to Covid-19. In response, we’re joining the 2.6 challenge and hoping that our members and their family and friends can join us in raising funds for SLOW with their inspiring events from this weekend.
The 2.6 challenge has been set up by the London Marathon organisers as the race (also 26ish miles) is not going ahead this Sunday – the 26th April.
We’d love you to fundraise for SLOW by creating a personal challenge based around the figures 2.6 or 26.
So, you could do 26 cartwheels, 26 laps of your garden, a 2.6 mile / km run or walk, 26 minute of yoga or pogo’ing, or just run up and down your street 26 times!
Be creative the challenges are endless! It’s open to anyone of any age, sibs included, and the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government’s guidelines on exercising and social distancing.
You can either set up a fundraising page, or simply make a one-off donation for your challenge via this link.
Thank you so much everyone – your fundraising efforts will be truly appreciated!
The workshop was led by Cloud Workshop with the theme of ‘Peg Guardians’. Cloud Workshop has a long tradition of making talismans to ward away sadness and strengthen us. The peg guardians were inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls and Depression era toys that were made from everyday objects such as pegs and wooden spoons. The peg guardians have had to work hard over the years – helping to keep bad dreams away, reminding us of someone we are missing, comforting their spirit, comforting our own spirit, trying to provide strength against bullies (and encouraging talk with adults about this). After an introduction from Deb, the children brainstormed on the qualities they wished their guardians to portray and then created their figures with flat pegs, fabrics, papers, felt, decorations and character faces.
Children took part in a ‘show and tell’ at the end of the workshop describing their work to other children, team members and parents. The combined volunteers from SLOW and Cloud Workshop worked very hard throughout the afternoon to create a very successful and activity packed workshop.
SLOW runs creative workshops for bereaved children that have lost a brother or sister so they can meet each other with the aim of reducing isolation, building resilience and confidence and making new friends. We provide a safe space to explore feelings and develop their creative skills.
SLOWsibs meets quarterly and previous workshops have included cupcake decoration, miniature worlds, gardening, marbling, decoupage and Christmas wreath making. Children aged 6 years to 15 years are invited to attend the groups.
Take a look at our picture gallery here to see some of the wonderful and creative work from our SLOWsibs.