Keighley kids get "stay at home" art packs

Bradford council say they've delivered over 200 craft kits to vulnerable families to help them fight boredom.

Packs of art and crafting materials have been delivered to over 200 children across Keighley to help stop them getting bored while they stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak and what would have been their Easter school holiday..

The packs were the idea of Bradford Council’s Heritage Parks Officer who put them together using some money set aside for Easter activates at Cliffe Castle that had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Each pack contains a sketch book, a copy of the Cliffe Castle activity book, crafting items and a small chocolate Easter Egg.

Craft items including Easter Eggs were also donated by the Cliffe Castle Support Group, who were due to hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the Keighley museum and park. 

The bags were given to the Highfield Community Association, the Bangladeshi Community Association, Roshni Ghar Mental Health and Wellbeing Women’s Group, Keighley Salvation Army Foodbank and Keighley Healthy Living who all work with vulnerable families and children. These Keighley organisations then delivered the packs to door steps whilst maintaining the social distancing rules of being 2m from people you don’t live with at all times.

Dan Palmer, Parks Heritage Officer at Bradford Council, said: “I just wanted to be able to do something to help the local children who would have been coming to Cliffe Castle for the Easter activities, but due to the coronavirus pandemic have to stay at home. I figured that as the kids can’t come to the park and museum for the event, then we could take the materials from the event to the children. I spoke to the Cliffe Castle Support Group who we were working with on the event and they kindly donated extra craft materials as well as the Easter Egg prizes that were due to be given out at the event.”

All Bradford Council museums and galleries are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and all play areas and equipment in council parks are out of bounds to help prevent the spread of the disease.


For information about coronavirus in the Bradford district visit www.bradford.gov.uk/coronavirus where you can also sign up to receive email alerts.

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