This month, as part of our Support in the Community Initiative, we’re shining a spotlight on our Charity of the Month – Big Heart, Little Minds.
The social enterprise, which was founded by Laura Carey in 2019, runs various fun and interactive events, workshops, free groups and 1-1 classes, to target social isolation and nurture children’s development and mental health by giving them life skills to support their well-being, whilst also supporting carers too.
The aim of Big Heart, Little Minds is to support the development of emotional literacy, the understanding of the brain and how it impacts the body, and support strategies, with activities based on a four-part approach; Taking a Breath, Emotion Awareness, Using our Senses and Being Kind.
‘Little Minds’ classes, for youngsters between 2.5 and 4yrs, are focussed on executive function skills to develop inhibition and mental flexibility, while ‘Growing Minds’ workshops cater for children in Primary School and cover everything from explaining how the brain works to calming strategies.
Big Heart, Little Minds also offers ‘Mummy Minds’ community groups which help to bring caregivers together to have relatable adult conversations in a safe environment, over a hot cup of coffee. Locations in West Lothian include Aerial Adventures Soft Play and Kidzeco, which are both located at The Centre, and Wester Inch Parent & Toddler Group in Bathgate.
As part of our charity partnership Big Heart, Little Minds will be in the mall on 4th and 5th March to help raise awareness of their services, as well as appealing for more volunteers to be able to help more people. Why not pop along for more information?
You can also find out more about Big Heart, Little Minds, the classes, resources and support they offer, as well as how to become a volunteer, via their website at www.bigheartlittleminds.co.uk