FTM C-19 response update #13: 6/July

There seems to be light at the end of the C-19 tunnel! Let’s hope that everyone continues to do the right thing and that the easing of restrictions doesn’t create a new wave of virus infections.

Please see short video message and a summary of points below:

  1. What’s ahead with our Programs in 2020 (Oct-Dec 2020)
  • We continue to follow social gathering restrictions set by the Government
  • However, we are planning for programs to return in Oct-Dec in some capacity
  • We will provide the return to programs plan by early August (next update)
  1. New program coming – Magic Quarterly’s
  • The team have continued to implement our online Healthy Grieving Program whilst also developing a new program concept aimed at the whole family – a day Camp concept called Magic Quarterly’s
  • We are aiming to trial the Magic Quarterly’s in the Oct-Dec 2020 period and again will provide further details in the August update
  1. Healthy Grieving Program
  • The feedback on our new Healthy Grieving Program has been fantastic and thank you to the families who piloted the program and the families who have participated in the program so far
  • A quote from a new Feel the Magic parent who participated in the program which, for me, articulated perfectly why we exist as an organisation:

“We thought we had to just “be ok” with our new normal. The program has helped us to realise that we are allowed to be happy again and that being happy doesn’t mean we have forgotten him.  We still have tough times, but by using the tools from the program we are now working through our emotions as they come up, so the tough times are slowly changing from tough whole days where we felt stuck, to tough moments that pass once we acknowledge them. This is a real growth point for us.”

I look forward to updating you again in August and please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

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FTM C-19 response update #12: 26 May

Good afternoon everyone

There seems to be light at the end of the C-19 tunnel! As we are now starting to see restrictions lift, more and more people are going to school, work and accessing the public spaces and places. Let’s hope that everyone continues to do the right thing and that the easing of restrictions doesn’t create a new wave of virus infections.

For Feel the Magic, we’ve again had to make the difficult decision to cancel our July and August camps. The venues are not operational yet and along with the unknown timeframe of further restrictions being lifted, we now cannot be ready in time to hold these scheduled Camps.

Please see short video message and a summary of points below:

  1. Cancellation of Camps – April to August 2020
  • The cancellation of Camps from April through to August means those families who have applied will have priority for Camp spots when we return to Camp Magic
  • Our aim is still to hold Camp Magic in 2020 across various locations pending how C-19 unfolds
  • The Programs team we will communicate to all families who were scheduled to attend July/August Camps with an offer to participate in the Healthy Grieving Program and check in for what other support you may need
  1. Communicating the weekly update
  • We have now moved passed two big decision points for Camps in 2020 and whilst we now wait for changes to Government restrictions, we will slow down the weekly update to be monthly (unless something urgent or pressing arises)
  • During this period, we will continue to first and foremost offer our Healthy Grieving Program to those who missed out on Camp Magic from April-August and keep you updated on changes for returning to Camp in 2020.
  1. Healthy Grieving Program
  • The feedback on our new Healthy Grieving Program has been fantastic and thank you to the families who piloted the program and the families who have participated in the program so far
  • We are continuing to roll the program out providing grief support to bereaved children and equally important, to the families. The program aims to provide support to the whole family and this is resonating with our families so far.

I look forward to updating you again in June and please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

FTM C-19 response update #11: 19 May

Good afternoon everyone

Happy National Volunteers Week! From the Feel the Magic team, we would like to say a big Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers. We are extremely grateful for your support and dedication to ensuring together we are helping grieving children.

Earlier today, I was fortunate to interview Luke Robinson, a wonderful Camp mentor who has been volunteering since 2018 and who has volunteered at seven Camps! Please see the video interview below and hope you enjoy my shared experience with Luke talking about his Camp Magic experience (the interview and thank you message goes for six minutes).

What else this week:

  • We had our first Healthy Grieving Program last week! A tremendous effort to create a new program and have it gone live within such a short timeframe
  • A big thank you to our donors – without your help and contributions, we would not have been able to continue to work through this period and create the new program (and other new initiatives in the works).

I look forward to updating you again next week but, as always, please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe, stay home, look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

Mother’s Day Special on The Project

We are truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the special Mother’s Day story that went to air on The Project on Channel 10. Hayden, Aimee and Arabella spoke so beautifully of their mothers and showed the true meaning of resilience in the face of such cruel adversity. Just as touching was witnessing the vulnerability from presenters Lisa Wilkinson and Peter van Onselen. We’ve been advised that close to a million viewers have seen this clip since going to air and this number continues to grow thanks to the power of social media!

This story struck a chord with many Australians, we ask you to please continue to share amongst your networks and together highlight the importance of early intervention of childhood grief and loss.

Thank you once again to every single person involved, especially the starts of the show Hayden, Aimee and Arabella.

Online Healthy Grieving Program Launch 14th May

Feel the Magic, an Australian charity dedicated to supporting grieving children and their families, is expanding their service with an online program.

A lot has changed here in Australia, we are all living with restrictions and the uncertainty of the future – but one thing that hasn’t changed is the grief that 1 in 20 young Australians are feeling after the loss of a parent/guardian or sibling.

The Healthy Grieving Program is a new grief education and support service that will allow Feel the Magic to provide ongoing support to Australian families and will be crucial in reaching children in isolated and remote areas, where grief support and counselling is difficult to obtain.

Modelled on Feel the Magic’s successful Camp Magic initiative, the Healthy Grieving Program has been adapted for video conferencing, where up to ten children per session will participate supported by their parent or guardian.

In multiple sessions over a weekend or evening they will form bonds and connections with others, while learning important strategies and skills for improving their emotional health, both individually and as a family.

Like Camp Magic, the Healthy Grieving Program will support Australian children aged 7 to 17. Participants are placed in groups with their peers to ensure that discussions are age appropriate and focused on the most beneficial outcomes for their stage in life.

Co-Founder and CEO James Thomas said these sessions would be facilitated by trained educators and mental health experts and include access to Feel the Magic’s clinical psychologist for any participants who require extra assistance following the program.

“We know through the success of our Camp Magic program how vital it is for grieving children to have a supportive network of peers, with feelings of isolation through grief common” said Mr. Thomas.

“The Healthy Grieving Program will not only allow us to provide support to our families in addition to Camps, but it will allow us to reach countless Australian children who may otherwise find it difficult to attend.”

The Healthy Grieving Program launches on Thursday 14 May 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the ACT, Sydney and Victoria Camp Magic programs in April & May, priority access will be offered to campers and families who missed attending as a result. If you would like to take part in the next available Healthy Grieving Program please register your interest Here.

Feel the Magic is funded entirely by donations and they are seeking support to help reach as many children as possible. The Healthy Grieving Program costs $199 per child or $1999 for 10 children. You can sponsor a young grieving life today by clicking Here.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

FTM C-19 response update #10: 12 May

Good afternoon everyone

It’s an exciting week at Feel the Magic. If you were fortunate enough to see Hayden, Aimee and Arabella’s story on Channel Ten’s The Project, you’d be inspired as much as I was by their amazing courage and resilience. Thanks to everyone involved to help share their stories and the support Feel the Magic has provided them and many others.

A summary of the core messages in the video message:

  • A big and massive thank you to the Feel the Magic team. They are working tremendously hard during the C-19 opportunity time in many ways for a stronger, more robust and resilient Feel the Magic. Look out for what is installed through-out 2020.
  • Healthy Grieving Program goes live this week!
  • Call for help!! We are seeking professional volunteers to provide some help from home! This week we are calling out for:
    • A psychologist that understands our grief space and can assist Dr Robby Fullerton (Feel the Magic’s Clinical Director) with some research areas with a project we are working on.
    • Please contact James (james@feelthemagic.org.au) if you would like to discuss how you can help

I look forward to updating you again next week but, as always, please ensure if you need help or support from the team, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please continue to stay safe, stay home, look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic