I asked Melissa to tell us a little about the project. Here is what she had to say about it:
“The aim of the program, which Melissa is involved with, is to deliver tailored sporting and educational activities to children effected by chronic conditions across all wards at the Great North Children’s hospital. Children have the opportunity to try new sports, which have been adapted to meet the individual needs. All of the activities are designed to teach children how to communicate effectively, as well as understand teamwork, fairness and respect for others. The engagement will help connect children, young people and families to realise their potential and support young people to develop skills that are transformational.”
Melissa has made a huge impact with the children, their parents and staff on the wards, as well as our own Bridges staff team. She has worked with children from the age of four to sixteen, everyone involved has engaged so well with her, and as you can see from these photographs, they have had such fun participating the activities.
Below are some images of the students enjoying some games of boccia, learning about good nutrition and qualities in a good friend, throwing and catching, tri-golf, curling and most of all having some fun!