#CapeAbility is founded on the idea that every child has the potential to be their own superhero. The campaign uses Bible and Welcare superhero stories to encourage positive mental health and well-being for children and young people and to raise awareness of the work of Welcare amongst a new generation of supporters. The campaign uses the metaphors of capes and super heroes to encourage children to thrive, to care and to inspire others and to recognise their own individual strengths and talents, and so become superheroes themselves. We incorporated the topic of superheroes to provide an innovative and exciting way to enable children to develop resilience and to teach them how to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Anglican and Methodist schools will be able to use these lessons as part of their SIAMS assessment.
#CapeAbility will help children develop key mental health strengths to build their emotional well-being so that children can go on to inspire their peers and families to have healthy relationships.
Who can take part?
If you work with children up to the age of 13 you can take part including religious and non-religious schools, Junior churches and other groups and you are welcome to select which story and activities you would like to focus on.
When is #CapeAbility?
The Campaign will run between 18th May-19th June 2020 but we won’t turn you away if you would like to run it another time.
What do I have to do?
The children will take charge of running a fundraising event and we will provide you with lesson plans focusing on mental health strengths that you can use over a period of time or one day (we can provide you with up to 6 lesson plans).
Does it cost to use your resources?
No but we do ask that the children organise a fundraising event to support the work of Welcare.
What else can I do to support the #CapeAbility campaign?
We would really appreciate it if you were able to share this information with schools, churches and uniformed organisations that have connections with and encourage them to sign up as well.
The following themes are highlighted in the six lessons produced by Welcare and endorsed by Fiona Foreman (RE Adviser & Wellbeing, Mental Health and Character Education Adviser at Southwark Diocesan Board of Education).
What is the format of the lesson plans?
The lessons are based on 2 stories, one Bible character and a real life example from the work of Welcare with a local child or family. The characters are portrayed as superheroes and we learn about their stories, the difficulties they face and how they cope. Each individual story focuses on one positive mental health characteristic which is followed through the lesson and all the following activities are based on these strengths. As a teacher you can select which activities and which story/stories you would like to focus on. The stories are followed by a discussion and a range of activities that you can use, as appropriate.
You can find more details on how you can run the Campaign, for fundraising activity ideas and general superhero activities below:
If you are a headteacher or a Junior Church leader, and want to take part in CapeAbility for Schools and Churches 2020, register your interest and we will be in touch.