The Wimbledon based theatre is continuing to provide educational resources and entertainment for children during the pandemic.

(c)Polly Simmonds

In order to help address the impact of lockdown-living on
emotional and mental health, the Polka Theatre has announced that it has created a digital series focusing on mental health and wellbeing that can be freely accessed by schools from reception to year 6.

The news of the digital series follows on from the success of in-person workshops with primary schoolchildren last autumn, this new digital series means the workshops are more accessible to more audiences.

Talking about the news Polka’s Artistic Director Peter Glanville said: “With one in six children now having a probable mental health disorder (NHS Digital/ONS), it is essential that we do all we can to support them through this pandemic. Children’s mental health is as important as their physical
health, and many are experiencing increased levels of anxiety. These filmed workshops, free to schools and the community, are part of a ten month programme from Polka Theatre, helping children to express and understand the feelings and emotional challenges they are facing.”

The Polka Theatre was closed to the public for a major redevelopment in February 2019 and will reopen in 2021. During this time, the theatre continues to offer activities to schools, community groups and the
public, helping to keep children creative, with a range of live, recorded and downloadable activities.

To find out more about the digital mental health and wellbeing workshops visit: https://polkatheatre.com/home/schools/school-workshops/mental-healh-and-well-being-workshops/