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 ‘If Coronavirus doesn’t kill my workers, then starvation will.’ Factory Owner Bangladesh 

‘I am at a loss for how I can survive through this’  Unemployed Bangladeshi garment worker who can no longer support her husband, children and parents.

  • As a result of coronavirus, Western retailers have cancelled orders leaving garment workers in Bangladesh without income
  • Millions of garment workers now face starvation and over US $3bn worth of unwanted new season stock is destined to end up in landfill
  • Popular fashion initiative, Lost Stock, launches Lost Stock for Kids – clothing boxes to to support starving families in Bangladesh

30.06.2020: Lost Stock, the fashion initiative set up in the wake of Covid-19 to save lives in Bangladesh has today launched kidswear boxes – Lost Stock for Kids. For £35, customers receive a personalised selection of cancelled childrenswear stock direct from manufacturers. Each purchase supports a family in Bangladesh for one week and also prevents brand new clothing ending up in landfill.

The cancellation of over $3 billion worth of stock orders by retailers left manufacturers in Bangladesh unable to pay workers and with mountains of unwanted stock. Lost Stock launched last month by the team behind fashion shopping app Mallzee, solves this problem by selling £35 fashion boxes containing five pieces of childrenswear matched to the purchasers size and fashion preferences – each box sold feeds a family of four in Bangladesh for a week through Lost Stock’s partnership with SAJIDA Foundation.

Clothes that were originally destined for high street retailers are shipped direct from manufacturers to consumers in the UK, arriving in the post as a surprise Lost Stock clothing box.

Originally selling only adult sizes the company has sold almost 100,000 Lost Stock boxes in the past five weeks and today, with the launch of Lost Stock for Kids, they hope to be able to support another 100,000 Bangladeshi families in the coming month.

Lost Stock for Kids caters for boys and girls aged between 4-14 years old and includes at least five items that were originally destined for high-street retailers.

To ensure the money goes straight to those who need it most Lost Stock has partnered with Bangladesh NGO SAJIDA Foundation. Each box supports a family of four for a week.

NGO partner, SAJIDA Foundation works in 26 districts of Bangladesh with a mission of ‘health, happiness and dignity for all’. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, a team of 3,700 are providing essential food and hygiene supplies, supplying essential PPE kits, and have installed 475 portable hand washing devices throughout the country.

Mallzee CEO and Founder of Lost Stock, Cally Russell, said: “Launching Lost Stock for Kids is an exciting next step for us. The response since we launched Lost Stock has been truly amazing – we hoped to sell 50,000 boxes by the end of 2020 and sold nearly double that in the first month alone. We know that the Covid-19 crisis is deepening amongst garment worker communities in Bangladesh and we hope that by launching Lost Stock for kids we can help many more families and avoid both a humanitarian crisis and an environmental one. Lost Stock allows consumers to get a great deal whilst at the same time helping a family survive this awful tragedy.”

Muhymin Chowdhury, the Head of Challenge Fund & Fundraising for SAJIDA, said,  “Cancelled orders have affected over 1000 factories and the lives of 2.27 million workers and their families. A recent study found that 47% of these workers now have no income – we are working to deliver them basic necessities”

“We are very pleased to partner with Lost Stock whose approach helps redress the unfortunate failures of global brands to practise responsible sourcing. Every Lost Stock box sold will provide a food and hygiene package to support a family for a week.”

“Additionally, Lost Stock purchases garment products at a fair price from Bangladeshi factories helping support them longer term.”

Lost Stock is set up on the Shopify sales platform, and the Royal Mail Group is the logistics partner, therefore, transactions and delivery are safe and reliable. They’re supported by partners including the accountancy firm RSM and the leading Scottish law firm Brodies.

Lost Stock and Lost Stock for Kids www.loststock.com

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“While we are pleased that the Government has finally announced the date for the reopening of outdoor playgrounds in England, we are aware that some owners and operators of playground facilities have halted safety inspections of playgrounds altogether during the lockdown period. The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) is therefore today calling for all playground owners to carry out an in-depth inspection prior to the reopening of any facility and ensure that all inspection schedules are brought fully up to date.

The RPII is expecting playgrounds to be very heavily used, especially with the warm weather that we are currently experiencing and the eagerness of the public to start using them again, so it is vital that playgrounds are thoroughly inspected to ensure a satisfactory level of safety is in place.

Owners and operators of playground facilities also have a responsibility to open playgrounds safely and remove any temporary barriers that may have been put up during lockdown which may also be hazardous.”

The RPII is providing the following guidance for families that plan to visit a playground safely:

  1. If the playground facility you visit has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to use, or access the equipment or area.
  2. Do not remove any temporary barriers to the playground or plastic fencing or unravel any swing seats or cables that may have been secured to put them out of use – this must be done safely by the owner or operator of the facility.
  3. Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.
  4. If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.
  5. Wash your and your children’s  hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.
  6. Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.

We haven’t been out much lately, so when Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath opened its gates again to the public, with new social distancing measures in place, we were very keen to try them out. You have to book online first, so that no money changes hands on the door. The booking system is very straightforward and worked first time with no hitches, which for a system that had to be hurriedly put in place is quite some achievement. You chose your half hour arrival slot so that arrivals are nice and steady during the day, and there was no queue at all when we arrived at 10.30am on a Saturday. After quoting your booking reference at the gate, you breeze on in.

There were activity sheets for the children, but no pencils to loan out at the moment, so take your own along if you want the children to be able to play colour bingo as they run round. I normally carry all sorts of things with me on a day out, but am seriously out of practice in how to pack for leaving the house. The one way system in place is very clearly signposted and everyone seemed to be following the rules. We did think we had got stuck in the Rose Garden at one point, but this is no bad place to be stuck, as it is one of the garden’s main attractions at this time of the year and the children love to smell every rose they can reach. It even inspired this abstract painting by Lotty aged 8 (that’s the path to the central wishing well /pond bit).

 

 

 

 

 

We made a second circuit of the Rose Garden and found the permitted exit which leads directly to the Gardeners Retreat cafe. After sitting outside the cafe at wooden picnic tables to eat our takeaway sandwiches, drinks and ice creams we continued our hunt for the one way signs. This actually makes the trip around the garden even more fun for the children, as it is very similar to the treasure hunt trails that Borde Hill put on regularly each year – the next one being the Garden of Imagination from 18th July – 13th September.

The rest of the navigation around the garden went very smoothly and we could easily avoid all the other visitors. Don’t drop anything on the way round though, as it could take you quite a long time to do a second circuit to recover it!. The large grassy area at the end of the walk has a short cut back to the cafe, so that you can refuel before going home. Both sets of toilets are open and you just have to go in one family unit at a time, again when we went there was no queue at all. The children’s playground and ice cream hut are currently closed, but the gift shop, which serves as the exit, is open for purchases of gifts and plants. We had a really lovely time and didn’t feel we had compromised our safety in any way by going to a public place. It is great therapy if you have been stuck in one place for a very long time.

Book your day out at Borde Hill Garden here 

On 1st June Burgess Hill Girls welcomed back pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes following the lockdown.

The independent school has had to make significant changes to routines and classroom arrangements to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. These include a fixed school day of 8.30am to 4pm and different drop-off locations for specific classes. Only children are allowed into the school, they bring their own water bottles, but toys or books are not allowed to be brought in. As opposed to school uniform, children are wearing comfortable home clothes and shoes suitable for all types of activities.

The school is also hoping to welcome back Year 10 and 12 classes in the next few weeks.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said:

“We are delighted to be able to welcome back some of our pupils this week. I am incredibly grateful to our staff, parents and children for their support in making it happen. Seeing the girls’ happy faces as they get stuck-in to school life again makes it all worthwhile. I am now looking forward to the time the whole school community will be back together, h­­­­­­­opefully it will not be long.”

Richard Robinson tells the amazing story of the Universe, and how we fit into it.

This is a family Zoom show, exciting for kids of course, but surprisingly interesting to grown-ups, because it answers some of those niggling questions: goose bumps, viruses, wisdom teeth, yawning… what are they all about?  They are all reminders of your journey from the Big Bang to today.

in three one-hour sessions

Monday June 8,   10.00 am-11.00 am.

Wednesday June 10,   10.00 am-11.00 am.

Friday June 12,   10.00 am-11.00 am.

£13.79* per person or group for all 3 sessions.

Single session £5 per person or group

Click HERE to find out more and buy tickets.

“Brilliant. I laughed and learned!”

(*£1 per billion years)

and

THE ELEMENTS KAPA

A very elementary game.

Join Richard Cope and Richard Robinson in a game that reveals hidden secrets and crazy stories about the table of elements, how they were found, how they are used, and why.

Learning the table of elements is a tedious chore at school, but a gripping game at home if you learn by playing Top Trumps. You can know your elements before you’re seven years old! The way to victory is to know the facts.

In the accompanying stories told by the two Richards we find surprise, horror, struggle, magic, as humanity finds and tames the building blocks of the Universe over 10,000 years.

 

Richard Robinson is the director of the Brighton Science Festival. Richard Cope invented the game, designed the cards and researched the stories. Who do you think is going to win? The clash of the titans is on

Sunday June 21, 10.00 am – 11.00 am

£3 per person or group

Click HERE to find out more and buy tickets

ZOOM allows people to get together in the same room, without leaving home. It’s very easy to use. Up until the present crisis it was used for business conferences, but it has found a whole new use, bringing communities together, while keeping them apart, if you see what I mean.

ZOOM is free to download, and free to use, HERE

— Dr. Richard Robinson Director Brighton Science 18 Temple St, Brighton, BN1 3BH

Elana Cook, a student at Burgess Hill Girls, has shaved her head to raise over £700 for the NHS.

Like most Sussex residents, seventeen year old Elana Cook is immensely grateful to all the NHS staff and volunteers who are working hard to keep the country safe. She decided to take action to show her gratitude and shave her head to raise funds for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. Since removing her locks on Saturday 2nd May, Elana has already raised £725, almost £500 over her original £250 target.

Elana said:

“I had been watching the news and social media ever since the lockdown began, and how the country had been keeping spirits high. Obviously Colonel Tom Moore had begun raising millions of pounds for the NHS, and many people were following in his footsteps, I felt inspired to do something myself. It has brought me so much joy to be able to give something back, and to have surpassed my original goal of £250 by this much is incredible.”

Elana has now set her sights on raising over £1000. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elana-cook

All the money raised by Elana is for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. As of 6th May 2020, 11,377 fundraisers have generated approximately £42,807,888.

Handcross Park are very excited to launch The Handcross Park 2020 Challenge. To help raise money for our incredible NHS, the school is asking all pupils, from Nursery to Year 8 to run a collective 2020km!

The pupils are desperate to help and can’t wait to grab their trainers and run as far as they can, either in their gardens or during their daily exercise session.

Pupils will input their kilometres into a form and a chart will show how close they are getting to the total.

The school is asking parents and friends of Handcross Park to help raise lots of money for this very worthy cause by sponsoring the children. The Just Giving page can be found by clicking here.

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 we are in a period of heightened anxiety for everyone, but especially for children and young people. In response to the situation Jigsaw (South East) has launched a dedicated telephone HELPLINE to enable us to try and support all who need it and to answer any queries you may have.

All of our services are now being delivered on line and by telephone, email or text.

OUR SUPPORT

  • Referrals are currently being taken over the phone or by email – please call us on 01342 313895if you need support or advice. Our dedicated Helpline will be staffed between 9am and 12pm weekdays. *Outside of those hours please leave a message or use the contact form and we will respond as soon as possible.
  • Alternatively you can email us at: [email protected]

If you are finding it difficult to talk with your children around, please use our Contact Us page and let us know when and how it’s best to communicate with you; phone, email, text etc. We’ll try our best to respond when it is most convenient.

View our current Preparing for Loss service HERE.

View our current Grief support service HERE.

This webpage will be updated regularly. You can also view information on our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our handle for all social media is:  @jigsawsoutheast

The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus.

Visit the Hub: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers

If you need advice on supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing during this challenging period there is some very useful information at: www.youngminds.org.uk

For up to date advice about Coronavirus/ Covid-19, please go to the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Here is a list of some useful learning resources for adults and children during this period of confinement at home: RESOURCES .

Hurst College is pleased to be doing its part to help the local NHS communities in their fight against Coronavirus by donating science goggles and delivering laptops and computer screens to local GP surgeries.

Hurst parent, Cheryl Lambe, a GP at Henfield Medical Centre, approached Headmaster Tim Manly for help due to concerns regarding lack of appropriate personal protective equipment, particularly visors and masks. Cheryl said: “Mr Manly responded immediately and within a couple of hours had donated all the school’s science goggles. We were all overwhelmed by his generosity and continue to be appreciative of all the support offered by Hurst in these difficult times.”

Hurst’s Assistant Fleet Manager, Ian Milton, was approached by a business contact from the Commissioning Care Group in Lewes to request assistance with delivering laptops and computer screens to all NHS GP surgeries across West Sussex so that staff could work from home.

In phase one of this huge logistical task, three mini-buses and teams of two volunteer drivers travelled more than 550 miles over two days. Ian, along with Fleet Manager Dennis Levy, mini-bus drivers Steve Carroll, Alistair Morris, Ian King and Phil Hogan delivered more than 185 laptops and nearly 400 monitors. Phase two and three will see the further distribution of hundreds of laptops.

“The NHS did not have the resources to deliver the IT equipment but we did! We were greeted with gratitude at many sites – staff and GPs alike thanked us and the college for coming to their assistance. Interestingly, the red Hurst mini-buses were recognised by several who had seen them in the normal course of events. It was great to help out and put the college’s resources to good use in the current crisis,” said Ian Milton.

Seven year old Burgess Hill Girls pupil Amber Mason has created a British Sign Language COVID-19 news broadcast.

Both Amber’s parents are deaf, so she has been signing since she was six months old, British Sign Language (BSL) is her first and home language. As she is a hearing person, she is also able to converse with hearing people, giving her access to both cultures. She uses both skills in her COVID-19 news broadcast, so hearing and deaf children can watch it and learn how to stay safe during the pandemic.

Although Amber’s father, BSL presenter and actor Clive Mason, helped her make the COVID-19 film, she wrote the script, presented the film and made all the editing decisions. In the film Amber encourages viewers to stay at home and gives guidance on how to cough and sneeze as well as wash their hands. The COVID-19 special took two days to make and was filmed in her garden using a green screen.

Amber really enjoyed making the film: “Making this news broadcast has helped me learn more about COVID-19, I hope it helps other children learn more too.”

Mum, Clare Chilton, is very proud: “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend family time during the lockdown. Clive is a wonderful role model for Amber and it is great that he has been able to use the time to pass on his skills.”

The COVID-19 broadcast is Amber’s second film using BSL, her first was a homework project on her favourite thing about her school, Burgess Hill Girls.