Empowering
Families
for the Future

Welcome to Wirral Unplugged!

Echo Environment Awards FinalistWirral Unplugged is a fun, friendly, grassroots non-profit helping families unplug from technology, connect with others and be creative.

We do this through

#ScreenFreeSundays, which meet in Higher Bebington Library for guest speakers, crafts and indoor and outdoor family fun.

#FairyTrollPost, a craft and letter exchange with the magical world to your door, which helps parents encourage creativity, wellbeing, connection and screen-free time at home.

Wirral Unplugged is empowering families to innovate, collaborate and problem solve together.

About us

We are collaborative, supportive and empowering!

#ScreenFreeSundays offer 2 hours of themed activities every Sunday in Higher Bebington Library for children 3-10 and the adults who accompanied them. We worked with the University of Liverpool Guild and Confucius Institute, charities (Port Sunlight River Park, St James Centre), social enterprises (Bee Wirral, RethinkNow, Urban VintageRecipro City Wirral) and local people (writers, vets, mountain climbers) to offer talks, volunteer opportunities and eco-friendly crafting.

#FairyTrollPost engages children and their families through crafting, baking, play, letter writing to develop future skills and support positive family time.

WIRRAL UNPLUGGED CIC could be summarised in four words: readimaginecreateconnect

Photo © Minh Anh /Wirral Unplugged

Read

Reading presents new possibilities, new ideas, magical places and fun. Stories also help us understand and sympathise. Seeing things from a different perspective also helps build resilience and problem solving skills. At Wirral Unplugged we offer both free reading and group reading. Here’s our founder, Diana, with a reading and activity for discussing how to #BeKind on and off line.

Imagine

Jack Ma (Chinese online entrepreneur) commented at Davos 2018 that we need to encourage children to do things computers cannot do (as automation will overtake many jobs)- imagine, feel, create.

Wirral Unplugged is a screenfree group so that we can give children and adults that space to imagine, disconnect and recharge. (I’ve taught Digital Literacy for several years so we’re not anti-computers, just pro-creative time ).

With our #FairyTrollPost we’re using technology to deliver ideas of what to do offline (playing, crafting, acting, baking, exploring, building,writing).

Create

Whether it’s building cereal box air planes, cardboard dream catchers, monkey puppets or floating cork pirate ships, being creative helps us to unwind and gives us a sense of achievement. We try to #reuse materials wherever possible for more #ecofriendly crafting.

At Wirral Unplugged, crafts are scaleable in that we don’t put a limit on your imagination or ability– a heart-polka dotted dog, sure, a dragon bookmark instead of a farm animal, excellent!

The sky is the limit. Above all, we aim to provide a craft that 3-10 year-olds (and the adults who come with them) would enjoy.

The #FairyTrollPost offers a craft starter pack and weekly craft and activity ideas to keep those creative juices flowing!

Connect

Most people have felt lonely before, but making new friends or talking to new people can be intimidating. We have seen how children of different ages and adults (mothers, fathers, grandparents and guardians) make connections at Wirral Unplugged over a craft or a cuppa, and we want to encourage more of this!

We’re also keen on connecting people to a wide range of cultures and ideas and developing global skills.

With the #FairyTrollPost we’re connecting through letters. We’ve developed a whole fairy kingdom that can write back to your child and support their creativity and wellbeing.

Volunteer with us

Volunteer recruitment for Wirral Unplugged is currently limited to special/guest speakers and those wanting to work behind the scenes on social media, grant writing and fundraising. (Things change quickly, so we’ll let you know if more Sunday help is needed). University volunteers can access volunteering through the University of Liverpool Guild.

Volunteers gaining something from volunteering is one of our main aims (there are only 6 so it’s high on our list)! Whether it be feeling more self-confident, gaining new friendships, learning specific job-related skills or gaining experience, there are a lot of great things to be gained from volunteering.

One of our recent volunteers, Amy, who accepted a teaching job in Spain, wrote: “I was looking to volunteer whilst working full time, which WU has allowed me to do [as it was on a Sunday]. As an aspiring EFL Teacher attending the weekly crafts sessions has allowed me to gain more experience, meet other people with the same interests and goals, and improve my confidence.”

We’ve had volunteers from Egypt, Viet Nam, China, France, Poland and Kuwait.

Contact us today!

Get in touch

Higher Bebington Library
214 Higher Bebington Road

wirralunplugged@gmail.com

Sundays 10.30-12.30

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