What Ruby’s Fund has been doing during COVID 19

Since lockdown Ruby’s Fund have been busy supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families across Cheshire East.

Thanks to grant funding from Cheshire East Brighter Ideas project, Ruby’s Fund has been able to create a bespoke case management tool which encompasses all of the services, facilities and support Ruby’s Fund provides. Thriving Families was launched at the beginning of the pandemic and to date have 200 individuals registered.

Ruby’s Fund has been supporting families with weekly goody bags delivered by our wonderful volunteers. The goody bags all had a theme and had an associated zoom session which recipients could join in. We have provided sessions for children with additional needs, their siblings and parent carers. 

We adapted our working model and we have continued to deliver sessions and services in new ways. These include weekly parent carer lunch clubs by Zoom, telephone counselling and wellbeing calls, social prescribing and signposting, delivery of anxiety management and wellbeing workshops via Zoom. 

The purpose of our service delivery especially during COVID 19 has been to support families of children with additional needs. Our main focus was to reduce social isolation, support those who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing and to provide support with the delivery of our sessions and goody bags.

Ruby’s Fund Thriving Families project offers:

  • One to one support
  • Peer group support
  • Telephone counselling
  • Wellbeing telephone calls/listening service
  • Wellbeing and anxiety management workshops
  • Signposting and social prescribing
  • Siblings Zoom group
  • Closed facebook parent carer support group
  • Relax Kids session
  • Befriending support for parent carers
  • Online exercise class
  • Short breaks for SEND children aged 0-8 years in Cheshire East
  • Outreach support in our NEW mobile sensory bus

Parent carers can self-refer themselves and their children to the Thriving Families project by following this link: https://www.thriving-families.org/help

Thriving families is grant funded so all the services and support we provide is currently free of charge.

For more information about Ruby’s Fund please visit: www.rubysfund.co.uk