On World Against Trafficking Day *, some updates & exciting news!
In our last newsletter, we gave you a quick tour of how Rebuild had started. Before lockdown, as well as the ongoing and invaluable Casework support, we had started running "Connect Sessions". These were for people to come along to and either be creative or just sit and have a cuppa and chat - to help with confidence and trust building, as well as a safe place to make friends with others.
One of the Connect sessions was a sewing group which our individuals had asked for, and which were loved by all who were involved. We learnt how to make lots of lovely, practical items, as well as it being a great time for friendship, sharing and sometimes just ‘being’, so when we had to go into lockdown, we all knew we would miss these sessions.
So, what have we been able to do during the COVID-19 lockdown? This time has been such a strange one. Some of our individuals have coped very well, others have struggled.
At the beginning of lockdown we made the decision to take our sewing group online and we loaned our sewing machines to those in that group. Anne has been making regular videos of sewing projects and we have been sending out the resources to take part. Projects have included shirt dresses to bags and everything in between. On that note, we could really benefit from some more sewing machines, therefore if anyone has a spare machine, fabric, or any other haberdashery items, or feels they can contribute in this area, then please let us know.
Check out the pictures and comments from individuals to see their wonderful creations and the difference this has made to them…
Along with the sewing group going online, we have had some zoom sessions and we have also been sending out regular care packages to those we support with food items, games, mental health resources, mindfulness activities. As well as care packages, Anna has done some wonderful videos to help with keeping minds positive and learning about how trauma can affect our brains.