In response to COVID-19 restrictions, our Healthy Ireland programme has created a series of fun videos for local schoolchildren to help them learn to cook nutritious food at home with their parents and to teach them the basics of yoga and mindfulness.
The videos are designed to be enjoyable and engaging and to support not only the children’s physical health, but also their mental health and well-being in these challenging times through learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques. Local schools involved in the programme link in with parents to share the videos and ask parents to work through the classes with their children.
We had such a positive response to our workshops in schools in 2019, with many of the children saying they were the highlight of their school year - and while this year may be different, it's been brilliant to see how families have worked together at home with the recipes and yoga videos and getting their pictures and videos of them taking part!
Pizza and winders!
There are six healthy eating videos where parents and children can learn to make healthy versions of homemade pizza, fruit winders, banana bread, granola, smoothies and power balls - followed by a Zoom session where they can chat about how they got on with tutor Aisling Maher of Cooking Up Change and ask her questions.
Be a giraffe!
The Yoga and Mindfulness classes feature four enchanting videos for children in the Junior Infants to Second Class age group and four for children in the Third to Sixth Class age group, delivered by professional play therapist and children’s yoga teacher Yvonne Lucas, and beginner yoga videos for secondary school age.
Schools involved in the programme are St. Kilian’s Community School and St. Fergal’s, Newtown, Ravenswell, St. Peter’s and St. Kieran’s primary schools, but the Partnership is making the videos available to all local schools. Check out the videos on the BAP Healthy Ireland YouTube page.
Paddy Kinsella, Home School Community Liaison at St. Peter’s Primary School, says:
"The yoga and mindfulness videos are a really helpful resource at this time when children are more anxious about life, and Aisling’s nutritional videos are informative, easy to follow and just as much fun as the face-to-face classes were last year."
Our collaborative approach
Vital to the success of the venture is the integrated approach of all the partners involved – for example, the Partnership’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) plays a key role in the organisation of activities, supporting participation and linking with other services to meet health and well-being needs.
The initiative is supported by Healthy Ireland, Co. Wicklow Children & Young People’s Services Committee and SICAP.