Family projects in time for the holidays

Family Project for school holidays

A new website called Family Project is just the thing for the school holidays in lockdown.

The safe online portal will provide a new project daily including rock art, backyard movies, building a herb garden, creating chalk art and meditation.

For parents struggling to find things to do with their children away from screens, this website will have lots of answers.

Family Project is a NSW Government initiative in collaboration with Gidget Foundation Australia and parenting organisation Tresillian.

“We want to give families something positive and hopeful to connect with, to enhance togetherness, when we are not together, and to foster resilience through adversity,” said Minister for Mental Health, BronnieTaylor.

Gidget Foundation Australia’s CEO, Arabella Gibson, said when considering how a family connects, it’s important to remember that adult interpretations of COVID-19 are very different to that of young people.

“For a person of 50 years old, this pandemic has taken up three per cent of their life, however, for an eight-year-old, this pandemic has taken up nearly 20 per cent of their life.

“That’s why we’re launching Family Project, to support parents in being thoughtful and engaged role models as we know that can be a lot harder in practice than it sounds.

“If as a community we can demonstrate how it’s possible to be part of the solution, everyone will benefit,” Gibson said.

More information can be found at familyproject.org.au.

Source:
Media release, Sep 20
Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor

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