SOUTH Lakes Housing (SLH) has delivered 300 children's craft bags to their tenants across South Lakes.

The bags have given the children some fun activities to do whilst we have been in lockdown and provided parents with some respite and alternative activities for their children.

Traditionally SLH would organise community activities for children to take part in but unfortunately, over the past year this has not been possible due to coronavirus and they didn’t want the children to miss out on activities. Crafting can be incredibly powerful when it comes to tackling mental health issues and at the moment this has never been more important.

Lyn Richardson, Community Engagement Officer at SLH has organised and made socially distanced visits to deliver all of the bags to the children.

“I am delighted with the response from Tenants and leaseholders who have taken up the opportunity of a craft bag," she said.

"At a time when I would normally be in the community delivering activities this has provided an opportunity to reach families during lockdown.

"The bags have been delivered far and wide including Kirkby Lonsdale, Holme, Storth, Chapel Stile,Gt Urswick, Coniston which has really reached out to our rural communities.”

Katrina Hogg, an SLH tenant, said: “My four children absolutely loved the craft bags received from South Lakes Housing, the amount of stuff in the bags was amazing from glue to card, fabrics and more they kept my four and 12-year-old especially entertained during lockdown.”

Micah Oversby, also an SLH tenant, said: “Thank you so much for the craft bag my five kids are loving it. So far they've made some masks from the fabric and some aquarium pictures and still soooo much left, very inspiring bag of goodies thank you.“