Our OSCAR programme team really missed hanging out with their kids over the lockdown period. So they decided to continue communicating with the OSCAR families throughout this time via email, Facebook, texting and even hand written letters.

“We have been asking how they are, which has meant a lot to some of our families who are maybe single parent families, as this time can be quite stressful,” says Chelsea, who works at the OSCAR programme.

Chelsea, Amber and Roana spent some of their isolation time writing letters to the regular attendees of the before, after school and holiday programmes, and they were delighted to receive letters back from the children too.

“I have had feedback from some of the parents that the kids were over the moon to hear from us, as they miss us and being at the programme,” says Chelsea. “A few of the children have written back to us letting us know what they have been up to while in the lockdown. Some have been playing board games, some reading old comics, but a common occurrence being a lot of family bike rides!”

Thank you to our OSCAR team for continuing to care and support our community whanau, and overcoming communication challenges with creative solutions!