Children take five at the abbey

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BUCKFAST Abbey improves the mood and mental well-being of primary school children with the launch of its largest festival ever to help children cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Starting this week, the Take 5 Festival, a virtual event created by the Abbey’s Education Department, builds on the success of last year’s inaugural week-long event, which has seen schools from as far away as Cumbria, Yorkshire and Kent getting involved.

This year the festival has been extended to two weeks, ending Friday, October 22.

The festival comes at a key time for school children, who have recently returned for the fall term. For many it has been a difficult year, with few untouched by the impact of Covid, home schooling, bubbles and isolation, resulting in a series of anxieties and worries.

Sharon Lord, Buckfast Abbey Wellness Project Coordinator, said: “The Take 5 festival was designed to equip primary school children with a range of tools to help promote good mental health and well being. -to be. It gives schools and children access to a series of fun, hands-on and engaging workshops that focus on spiritual, emotional and mental health. ‘

Based on the five actions that promote well-being, which are “give”, “learn”, “learn and create”, “be active” and “connect”, the sessions are located in virtual festival tents and include a mix of workshop videos and resources, providing content and inspiration for classroom activities.

Sharon said: “Children will be encouraged to engage with nature, will be given practical tools for those ‘difficult times’ in life when we all need help managing our feelings, and will be able to participate in guided reflections. , undercover acts of kindness, yoga and Forest Chi for active mindfulness.

“By creating the virtual festival, we hope that children across the UK can benefit from the expertise of our workshop leaders and wellness practitioners.”

The Take 5 Festival is launched just days after NHS Digital released a report that shows 40% of 6-16 year olds felt their mental health deteriorated during its study between 2017 and 2021.

Among the many activities on offer, children can discover the life of the Abbey and its community of monks. They can create their own mindfulness maze and even participate in a question-and-answer session with Brother Daniel, Prior of Buckfast Abbey.

Alison Gagg, Education Manager at Buckfast Abbey, said: “All schools need to do is book in advance to receive their unique access code which allows them to visit the site. Festival web. They can register for a class or for the whole school, and they can visit the site as many times as they want during the two weeks.

To learn more about the Take 5 Festival, visit https://www.buckfast.org.uk/education/take-5


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