As a Psychiatric Nurse, I am acutely aware of the impact that trauma has on children and how the memories and triggers can be lifelong and debilitating in many circumstances. That is why our slogan is “we can’t change the situation, but we can change the memory”.
The resilience packs are a care pack containing items that may help to distract a child or young person from an emergency event, give comfort and facilitate building connection with first responders with the intention of reducing the effect of possible trauma.
The contents of each pack have been chosen to provide safe alternatives and healthy coping mechanisms during emergency or difficult situations. The packs are designed to be age and stage appropriate, to save on storage space in emergency vehicles, and gender neutral to remain inclusive.
The resilience packs are a way to initiate conversation, give the young person a choice of what they engage with and allow for the nervous system to return to its regulated state. This also provides a positive connection and experience with first responders, allowing the children/young people to see them in a positive light. Research shows that a negative experience or perception of people in authority or uniform can lead to an increased likelihood that they may come into contact with the justice system in the future. (JAMA Network, 2021).
Donations For the Road to Resilience Packs can be sent to:
Bendigo Bank Resilience Gift Packs
BSB – 633 000
Account – 162 681 233
Tots2teens Albury Wodonga is a Tax Concession Charity and all donations over $2 are tax deductible
With the help of Noeline Elvin-Wild, 30 Resilience Gift Packs were delivered to Albury Police Station this afternoon. These packs will be used in general duties cars to give to children / youth in traumatic situations. The hope is to reduce the negative impact of neuro transmitters at accidents/ incidents and also increase the bond of 1st responders and clients. Thanks Tanya for believing in us and we can’t wait for feedback! Jo xxxx
In the background to the general packs that we do everyday, we have also been given an order to fill for over 1200 trauma packs to be distributed throughout our local area to help with the continue problems that the flood victims are going through. Women’s Health Goulburn North East, continue to support and nurture the people involved in the floods, and are trying to alleviate some of the stress and trauma responses by implementing mental health strategies and plans. We are proud to be part of this program and hope that we have helped in a small way. And another part in this amazing program, is the amazing students from TRINITY ANGLICAN COLLEGE in Albury have been making up the packs for me to take to Wangaratta. Under the watchful eye of Elizabeth Williams, they have jumped in head first and been a life saver in getting these packs out into the community. And not to forget, the incredible ladies who are hand sewing all the bags to make sure everything fits and it is all professional. Avis, Cathy, and Nikki are all angels on earth for doing this for us. Keep up the good work girls. Couldn’t do it without you. xxx
Resilience Gift Program Sponsors
DIAMOND SPONSORS :
$5,000 Per Year
GOLD SPONSORS :
$2,500 Per Year
SILVER SPONSORS :
$1,000 Per Year
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