Atos hosts Virtual Kids Camp during lockdown to support parents and carers

Between 15-16 February, Atos held its second Virtual Kids Camp to entertain children and provide support for Atos parents and carers during February half term. More than 12 sessions were hosted by volunteering colleagues, including a virtual trip to the aquarium, Italian and Spanish lessons, storytelling, yoga and a house scavenger hunt. Overall, the virtual sessions were attended by 78 children from 52 families across RBU Northern Europe. Additionally, Atos put together a home-schooling resource pack to support parents and carers during lockdown.

Karen Farrall, Workforce Manager, said:“My 4-year-old twins really enjoyed making the gratitude paper chains as it made us think about the things we are grateful for. We are looking forward to joining more Kids Camp activities. Thanks to the team!”

Nicole Sawhney, Client Relationship Manager, said:“It was a pleasure to deliver story time with a Decarbonisation, Diversity & Inclusion theme. Giving back to my Atos colleagues and seeing the happiness on the children’s faces gave me a real lift. The children interacted well and even taught me a few things. We are proud of children and the way they embraced the session. Thank you, this is such a wonderful initiative.”

As well as hosting a virtual kids camp, Atos supported Children's Mental Health Week from 1–7 February, which aims to bring awareness to children who may be struggling with their self-esteem, anxiety or any other mental health related issues.

Employees were encouraged to join an exclusive webinar for an open discussion on the impact of lockdown on parents of children with neurodiverse conditions or mental health challenges. The aim of the webinar was to encourage attendants to share their own experiences, thoughts and coping strategies. It also allowed parents in similar situations to share their methods for staying clear-headed and organised when home-schooling.

To find out more visit the official Children's Mental Health Week website.