A pioneering project to promote wellbeing and good mental health for young children has received a cash injection from a leading housebuilder in the region.
Exeter’s Trinity Primary and Nursery School has been handed £1,000 from Persimmon Homes South West’s Community Champions fund to develop a unique project helping Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One pupils learn about their emotions and how they affect mental health.
Music teacher Laura Loft, who made the successful funding application, said: “We want to put on a workshop and event called ‘BIG EMOTIONS: Mindful Music for Little People’.
“I have voluntarily worked on a children’s creative wellbeing resource and produced a book and songs for the children. It has been created to be a preventative tool for improving and nurturing children’s emotional wellbeing.
“The story follows 'Little Boy' as he explores his core emotions and finds ideas for recognising his emotions creating an imaginative toolkit for helping to deal with those big emotions when they arise. To help children regulate their emotions they first need to recognise them.”
Stacey Harris, head of sales at Persimmon Homes South West, said: “This project has the potential to have a huge impact on the children’s wellbeing and we’re thrilled to hand over £1,000 funding to the school project.”
The housebuilder’s national match-funding programme Community Champions seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life for local people.
Stacey added: “Persimmon Homes South West has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a tricky task to pick our winners each month.
“If applicants were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion. We are always keen to support the communities in which we build.”
Organisations can apply for funding by completing a simple online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity
Each month the Exeter-based builder donates up to £2,000 to community groups across the region. This also happens across Persimmon’s other 31 operating areas, meaning up to £64,000 is dished out every single month – a total of £768,000 a year.
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