Southwark children join ‘superhero puppet’ event to help kids think positive

Kit Heren (09 September, 2021)

The workshop brought children 'much needed joy and pleasure as well as some much needed creative escapism'

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Families supported by a Southwark charity took part in a fun and creative workshop that used puppets to help children focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses.

Camberwell-based St Giles, which helps families across the borough with problems relating to poverty, housing, gangs and substance misuse, took some of the children it works with to the event at the Pantry, the charity’s food bank.

The aim of the workshop was for children to make table-top puppets of themselves to showcase their ‘superpowers’. This encouraged children and their parents to think about what their superpower is, to help think positively about themselves and focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

Jessie Corp, a children’s caseworker at St Giles, said: “The workshop was an amazing way for us to engage our families and to provide the children involved with a creative outlet, by creating their own personal superheroes they were able to analyze their own strengths and be supported in them.”

Nicola Holdren, who manages St Giles’ children and families service, said that events like the puppet workshop offer children “a creative outlet and bring much needed joy and pleasure as well as some much needed creative escapism.”

The event was run the Little Angels theatre in Islington and was open to children from across London, Kent and Surrey between the ages of 5-11.

Watch the results of the session here.

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