1st Easington Brownies have pulled the thread on traditional storytelling having created special story sacks for families at a Banbury supported living scheme for young parents.
With support from Sanctuary Housing, around 22 Brownies split into four groups, each made a story sack for young parents at Rachel House, featuring stories and toys.
Each sack focuses on one storybook chosen by the Brownies who have sewn felt shapes onto them, reflecting the story titles, and added in toys and resources, including the book, for the young parents and children to read and play with together.
The story sacks were gratefully received by the young parents at Rachel House, which is managed by Sanctuary Supported Living, with mum Kate commenting: “Stories are part of our bedtime routine and the story sack will make it even more fun.”
Another mum, Shem added “The story sacks are all so lovely, I don’t know which one to choose.”
Susan Addison, Brown Owl at Easington Brownies, said: “The Brownies have really embraced this opportunity to help the community and develop their own ideas to share with others. It has been especially valuable for the Brownies to visit Rachel House and explain what is in the story sacks and how the objects may be used to tell the story of the book included. It gave them pleasure to see their efforts received so well.”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager Kate Winstanley added: “This has been a lovely project to support and be involved in. It was wonderful to see the Brownies creativity come alive as they got stuck into the task in hand and has been a great opportunity for them to come together and learn more about the storybook they’ve chosen.
“We hope the young families at Rachel House find them useful and the children enjoy the sacks and what is packed within them.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.