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Caldecott's Sweet Shop Experience

Children and young people from a Caldecott Foundation residential home have been able to “visit the sweet shop” during lockdown, following a brainwave from a new member of staff.

The current lockdown measures have meant that young people can’t go out at weekends to spend their pocket money in the local shops.  But a new in-house “Tuck Shop” has helped to make up for missing out on an activity which they might normally enjoy in their spare time.

The tuck shop idea was the brainchild of a new member of the Caldecott residential staff team, after having a conversation with one of the young people in her house.

The tuck shop is set up in the conservatory of the residential home, every Saturday after lunch, and offers a wide range of treats to purchase – from chocolate, to sweets and soft drinks.  Each young person has a ‘budget’ of £1 to spend, although no real money is exchanged.  Young people can browse the list of products and choose items that add up to £1 – encouraging their budgeting skills, and helping them to develop life skills, with a reward to enjoy at the end.

Residential staff have been ensuring that the tuck shop is run like a real shop under the current circumstances, with a strict “one customer at a time” policy, to allow for social distancing measures to be undertaken.

The tuck shop has been very successful and has brought a sense of normality to the home’s young residents, who might have otherwise been able to go out at the weekend to spend their pocket money in the local shops.

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