Your thoughts on Wonderful Things!
What do Parents/Carers think of us?
• My children attended a circus session where they watched a fire eater and had a go at plate spinning and other tricks. They came home with a life sized drawing of themselves upon which they had stuck pictures, written words to describe themselves and noted their future career aspirations!
• They enjoyed the visits from the local supermarket and sampling healthy food options.
• My children made great friends at the sessions and still point out some of the children they met when we are out and about in the local area.
• Whilst at work I was able to view photographs and Twitter feeds on the website which were constantly updated providing reassurance that the children were enjoying themselves.
• The environment is extremely friendly and inclusive, as although the activities take place during holiday periods, they take place within a school environment which automatically feels more comfortable and familiar.
• She is always enthusiastic about attending, not just to meet existing friends, but to meet and engage with the young adults who help out and other children in an environment which is stimulating and rewarding, and that still manages to educate at the same time.
• She's the sort of child who can be quiet and reserved in different social situations, but she has settled into the sessions really well and definitely increased in confidence.
• Having the 'Youth Volunteers' is great because they interact with the little ones and help them settle in.
• The sessions are structured enough to be engaging, but have a 'holiday club' feel which allows time for freedom and fun.
• Some of these activities I just wouldn’t be able to do at home and this helps broaden my daughter’s knowledge of life. It helps increase her learning of other cultures too.
• The thought and care that goes into these activities by staff is evident, when you see the scope of topics covered. As a parent, I love to get involved and see what she has been doing at their Celebratory Dinner evening, plus I get to experience new things too.
• I challenge anyone to find me a holiday activity where my 8 year old daughter can get involved in a political debating team, hosted by our local MP…..and end up Prime Minister.
• My daughter looks forward to Wonderful Things every holiday, put simply it’s the stuff that builds happy memories. Happy girl, equals happy mum!
During the Summer of 2015 and 2016, our Youth Volunteers worked with Catherine Smyth Media to create a newsletter about the activities on offer, what it's like to volunteer for Wonderful Things and more. Take a look by clicking on the links below.
What do the Children think?
• I asked my daughter if she enjoyed Wonderful Things. She said yes “because you get to take a packed lunch, and you get to make things, and you play with your friends all day... And sometimes you see different friends who aren't at your school... And I got that (points to Arts Award certificate) for doing good art, cos I'm good at art!”