#projectragdoll! Building the world’s biggest rag doll with North East children.

At RagHeroes we have decided to build the world’s biggest rag doll with the help of YOUR children and hopefully get into The Guinness World Book of Records! Want to take part? Yes? Then keep reading 🙂

Those of you who follow my posts via our blog and social media accounts will know that I founded RagHeroes based on the belief that little boys should have access to dolls and play that encourages them to express their emotional side, and to help them develop positive relationships with the people around them. You will also know that I believe little girls will love our dolls too. This is based on my own experiences of parenting my two little boys, the years I have spent working as a children and young people’s counsellor in various projects around the North East, and the work I have done delivering play therapy in schools.

RagHeroes is so much more than just rag dolls. It is based on the principle that every child should have access to play that will help them to grow and develop as individuals, both emotionally and intellectually. This is reflected in our mission to work with parents, nurseries, schools and other professionals around the benefits of using play to deal with many issues that children may be facing. Please contact us if you’d like to know more about this work.

So how will #projectragdoll work?

This doll will need to be very large, approx. 25 ft high, so it is going to take an awful lot of work to achieve this, and we believe we can. It will be an amazing accomplishment for all involved, especially the children!

To build the doll we will be working with children from around the North East, who will draw, sew and paint etc their hopes and dreams for the future onto small pieces of material. This material will then be sent back to us or collected where we can, and we are going to sew all the pieces together to create the biggest rag doll in the world!

The symbol of the rag doll is to represent the unity of children around the North East, and big scale recognition of the importance of their dreams for the future of the area we live in. The reason I have limited this to the North East is because it is where I am from. It is one of the most deprived areas in the UK and it is the area which is going to be hit hardest by government cuts. Due to this I want to focus my efforts up here for now, with an aim to try and counteract some of the bleakness and gloomy times that are ahead of us. I want to do things which children can look back on and smile and feel inspired by whilst living through what will essentially be a difficult time for families.

I would like to eventually roll this programme out to different regions, creating smaller dolls within each area with the same aims and objectives behind them.

How can you get involved?

If you would like your children to take part then all you need to do is to email us at enquiries@ragheroes.co.uk putting ‘project rag doll’ in the subject bar. We will then contact you with all the necessary details on how you can take part. We are encouraging anyone to take part between the ages of 2 – 16 years of age. We also welcome any organisations that wants to take part too.

If you do live in the North East and would be willing to help us spread the word either by letting youth projects, schools, children’s centres etc know they can join in, or by using the hash tag #projectragdoll we would very much appreciate it.

We are hoping that once the doll is built, sometime next year, we will be able to find a suitable venue to hang the doll and have a small ceremony that all the children will be invited to where they will receive a certificate for taking part and a photo of themselves with the doll.
We are very excited about this project and really believe it will be something children can look back on with pride.

Please feel free to comment below or email me at the above address if you have any questions you would like to ask.

Many thanks


 

 

 

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