Face painting at the Family Fun Day
This summer, Frimhurst Family House has witnessed of a lot of activities, discussion, debate, and laughter!
We started in June with a skill-sharing weekend.
ATD Fourth World members met at Frimhurst Family House on a lovely sunny evening to begin a weekend of skill-sharing and friendship forming. The weekend ran from Friday evening to Sunday morning, with the aim of teaching young adults new skills that will prove advantageous in both work and everyday life. The tasks included amending the children’s playground, sanding and painting, electrical work, and putting up a new roof for the garden sheds. Each task was distributed out at random, meaning that every group was a different mix of ability, skill, and expertise. This ensured that each person could offer something to the group and the task at hand, developing their communication skills. “The weekend was a good confidence builder for the young people” observed one team member.
Being a residential stay in addition to a skill-sharing weekend, it provides young adults with a short break away from the situations they may be facing and a chance to learn outside of a classroom environment. Of course, the weekend was not entirely work, work, work; the young adults engaged in card and board games, football matches, and they cooked up a storm over the barbeque. These breaks at Frimhurst Family House provides young people with the chance to learn from one another, improve their interpersonal skills, and make new friends along the way. This is made possible thanks to the donations we receive and our fantastic volunteers.
A few weeks later we had our annual Family Fun Day.
More than 80 people travelled to Frimhurst Family House to share a day together.
As one proud grandfather summed up, “it was such a good day, the Family Fun Day is something I always look forward to. It was nice to be able to share it with my daughter and granddaughter as I had not seen them in a while.”
Children were treated by a game course that included sponge throwing, bucket ball, and croquet, finishing in a “lucky dip”. In the meantime, adults were invited to join a percussion session, art activities, and even watch a live stream of England’s World Cup quarter final match. Toddlers were not forgotten; they had a soft play area, bouncy castle and face painting. Everyone had a great time; the weather was so hot that the cold juice offered by the team and the sponge throwing was a hit!
“The day was very enjoyable. My grandchildren loved the face painting and the bouncy castle!”, commented one mother.
During the afternoon, we were treated to a dance demonstration by local children from the Shuffles Dance Group and everyone was invited to join in. Shortly afterwards, Seamus Neville and Moraene Roberts, both long-standing activists of ATD Fourth World, gave a very moving tribute for their dear friend Derek Asker, a friend and fellow anti-poverty campaigner who had recently passed away. Then, Georgina Simmonds, read a poem she had written about beauty. To conclude the day, Julian the Magician impressed everyone with his tricks, and the children were invited to do a lucky dip. Everyone then returned to the bus to enjoy a peaceful and quick journey back to London, reflecting on the great day that they had.
In a few days' time, we will welcome three families for a much needed respite break. Following this we will be hosting a residential research seminar on "Understanding Poverty". Thanks to you, there is always something happening at Frimhurst Family House!