THE MASSAGE IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
2000 children take part in a sponsored massage for Pudsey
Over 2000 children at ten schools across Worcestershire took part in a ‘Massage for Pudsey’ event on 9th November 2012, to raise money for Children in Need.
Go Wellbeing co-ordinated the fundraising activity which was based on a specially devised weather story. Children drew pictures using hand massage techniques to create different weather scenarios on the back of the child in front of them. Pudsey delighted children at many of the schools on the day when he made a special appearance to meet those taking part to raise money for Children in Need.
The Massage in Schools Programme helps create a relaxed and happy learning environment for children aged 4 – 12 years. Peer group massage takes place between children only, in a supervised school setting. This helps children develop respect for others and increases inclusion and empathy.
“We’ve been running the Massage in Schools Programme for the past two years and it has proved incredibly beneficial for our children.”
Valerie Weddell-Hall OBE,
Head teacher Franche Community Primary school, Kidderminster.
“We use massage stories to link to curriculum topics supporting our pupils with structuring stories through a kinaesthetic approach. Taking part in a massage activity for Children in Need added yet another dimension to the way we use the Massage in Schools Programme. The children enjoyed taking part in the Pudsey massage event knowing that many other schools were also involved and that peer massage supports lots of pupils through encouraging relaxation, stress management, gentle and kind touch.”
Assistant head teacher, Gorse Hill Community Primary School, Worcester.
For more information about the Massage in School Programme contact Donna Davis on 07954 414 223 or visit www.massageinschools.com