The Kempsey Healing Together events committee, in conjunction with numerous organisations has created an innovative way to keep vulnerable children in the Kempsey and Bellbrook area engaged.
Around five weeks ago, the committee started a program where children were given activity packs to keep themselves occupied during the school holidays and combat the coronavirus' affect on school attendance.
Member of the committee, Jo Kelly, said the kids couldn't be happier.
"The kids reactions have been fantastic, they're so happy and it gives them things to do," she said.
"We're basically delivering presents to them and they follow us around knowing they're about to receive a pack - it's been a great thing for them.
"COVID has been hard, we've been talking about issues to do with connectivity, particularly for our community members and by members we mean both aboriginal and non-aboriginal community because it's about us working together."
Inside the packs are an array of activities that attempt to keep children engaged and provide parents and carers with a break.
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The items within the pack change most weeks with examples including things like pencils, paints and scratchies for drawing, along with a work booklet that has colouring in activities with some relating to aboriginal drawings and language.
Mathew Parr, also a member of the committee, explained some of the specific activities children can do.
"We aim for the packs to assist those at a primary school age and each week we come up with a new activity," he said.
"One week we had an intention stick activity where children were instructed to find a stick in their backyard with wool, feathers and buttons within the pack to help with decoration - after that the children had to write their intention on it.
"This weeks packs have rice and balloons within them so everyone can make some juggling balls or stress balls at home."
The committee sat down at the beginning of the year with half a dozen organisations to form ideas for how to keep kids and young families engaged.
When COVID-19 hit the committee realised they needed to change their plan of attack which led to the number of organisations growing to 20.
Supporting vulnerable children and people in the Kempsey community is the intention of the committees plans with meetings occurring every week to put forward ideas.
"Every week the organisations come together and put in place ideas and then try and find the required resources," Parr said.
"Finding resources is the difficult part during COVID-19 because you can't walk into a supermarket and ask for 150 packets of pencils."
Parr and Kelly also added the school restrictions forced by COVID-19 have made it difficult for families and children to access all educational tools whilst also placing some people in dangerous situations.
"It's an incredibly stressful time, especially for parents that are home schooling," Parr said.
"A lot of our families don't have devices to use, even if there is one device in the family it's normally a prepaid system and there isn't a lot of data available and not everyone will get to use it.
"What our government has asked us to do in our vulnerable community is put people in the most dangerous situation for them, the home is the most dangerous place for some children and women.
"Kids are looking forward to going to school because school is a safe place."
Kelly, further explained the affect closing of schools has had on certain children.
"Some children in Kindergarten started out really well and excited but then had to go into the home school environment and now have that anxiety about going back," she said.
"As a committee, all we can do is provide the support for children and families through these programs and try and communicate a positive message."