SLOW’s 15th Anniversary Party

SLOW’s 15th Anniversary Party

On Saturday 25th June we celebrated our 15th Anniversary with an afternoon tea at the Ecology Centre, Islington with SLOW past and present members, volunteers, trustees and staff.

   

     

It was a chance to say a massive thank you to our volunteers and trustees who help SLOW in so many ways.

   

    

Such a lovely, hope filled day…. from the words of our cofounder, Nic Whitworth:

Hope is not an out-of-body, out-of-reach platitude at SLOW, it is a verb, an action – we DO hope by simply being here together

Thanks to everyone who came along, helped out and to Waitrose for the generous food donations and nomination for Community Matters.

   

 

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Thank you to our amazing volunteers

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

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.

 

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The 2.6 Challenge – please raise funds for SLOW!

The 2.6 Challenge – please raise funds for SLOW!

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!

 

 

 

 

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Massive, massive thanks to our Royal Parks team

Massive, massive thanks to our Royal Parks team

On a cold, wet Sunday in October our team of ten runners smashed the Royal Parks half marathon.  Many of them were running novices but there were some amazing times.

Together they have raised an astonishing £13,000 which is beyond our wildest expectations and we are thrilled.

    

Congratulation to our fabulous team – you all did fantastically and we can’t thank you enough!  And thank you to everyone who donated.  It’s really appreciated.

And there’s still time to donate if you haven’t already:

For the Mediabrands team – Jason, Caroline, James, Dan and Piers https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MediabrandsHalfMarathon

For Jenny and Julia – https://localgiving.org/fundraising/half-marathon-for-slow/

For John McCann https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jpmccann

For Paul https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-de-la-nougerede

For John Dickinson https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-dickinson9

Same time, next year team?   And we’d would love you to fundraise for SLOW.  Please do get in touch with any ideas and challenges you may have and we will support you with your fundraising.

 

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Summer Sibling Workshop with Cloud Workshop

Summer Sibling Workshop with Cloud Workshop

On the 15th June 2019 SLOW held a special sibling workshop at the Ecology Centre, in the heart of the wildlife reserve in Gillespie Park, Islington.

The workshop was generously gifted to SLOW by the amazing Cloud Workshop New Zealand who have been running creative art workshops with bereaved children since 2008. This workshop was also supported by the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust.

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.

Cloud Workshop NZ

Thank you to both our sponsors – Cloud Workshop and Angus Lawson Memorial Trust.

 

Some information about SLOWsibs

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.

 

 

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