#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.
At the current times it’s even more important that children and young people learn how they can be superheroes and are able to stay #positive and learn to be #resilient amidst the crisis in our world.
Through taking part in #CapeAbility students will connect with stories of children whom overcame challenges and were able to #thrive in spite of difficulties and learn ways they can be #caring and supportive towards others in our world today.
In light of the school closures, children not being able to attend school and church activities we would like to present you a virtual way forward for the campaign. Children can be encouraged to make a cape out of recycled materials (such as old bedsheets and T-shirts) and decorate it at home. They will be asked to write encouraging messages to those in isolation and to the most vulnerable on their capes. Photos of the capes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be shared on social media to spread their messages.
The lesson plans can be delivered on virtual platforms or they can be sent directly to the parents and the parents can be encouraged to complete them with their children, thus creating a closer bond between them. The stories, the discussions and the activities can be used at any time from now in order to help children process what’s going on around them. Schools and churches will receive information about Welcare and how parents can support vulnerable families in need which they can forward to all the parents and donations can be processed directly online.
#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?
You can use our resources and send us your inspiring superhero capes at any time.
What do I have to do?
The children will create a cape and write inspiring messages on them. Parents can complete the lesson plans and use the activities with their children, they will be sent information about Welcare and how they can support vulnerable families. You can help us to send a letter of hope to a family in need. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/send-a-letter-of-hope-to-a-family-in-need
Does it cost to use your resources?
No but we do ask that you forward information to the parents about how they can support 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, parents 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, get in touch via email@example.com.