Teddies for tamariki
Children in Manawatū experiencing anxiety will be comforted by weighted teddy bears after a generous donation from a local charitable trust.
Dedication to children’s wellbeing
Weighted teddies are filled with sand and have a calming effect on children who hold them.
They've been used in schools to help children with autism or anxiety to settle.
Eight of the teddy bears were donated to Oranga Tamariki by Social Socks, a charitable trust based in Palmerston North.
The Trust was set up by a husband and wife team who are passionate about the wellbeing of tamariki.
Lesley Bates is a child counsellor and Giles Bates a paediatrician, and they learnt about the benefit of weighted teddies from an Occupational Therapist at Palmerston North Hospital.
“Children need to know they are loved. We’re not going to give up, and you never give up.”
“We’re not going to give up”
When she came to hand them over to Oranga Tamariki staff in Palmerston North, Lesley shared a message of encouragement to staff.
“I was incredibly shy as a child,” she said. “Children need to know they are loved. We’re not going to give up, and you never give up.”
Manawatū Site Manager Monica Miranda thanked Social Socks for the heartwarming donation and commitment to help tamariki.
“There are no words to explain what this means to us and the children.”