And she’s making face masks for key workers too
When Carly Twigg set up a Facebook support group for people home schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic she didn’t expect it to attract more than 5,500 members.
Now the mum-of-one is organising daily tips and demonstrations for an eagerly-awaiting audience alongside trying to home school her own four-year-old daughter, Esme.
The 36-year-old, from Newcastle, has also been making masks, hats and bags to help people working on the front line.
Carly said: “I wanted to stay busy while on furlough and set up the Facebook group thinking I might get 100 or so friends joining up. It’s gone a bit crazy and we’ve had lots of people sending in tips and advising on how to keep children busy and motivated.
“I ran a motivational workshop with well-being coach and former headteacher Hayley Lamb and we’ve had cooking lessons on video from locally-based chef Cris Cohen.”
Carly usually works as a personal assistant for the directors at Newcastle-based BNI Staffordshire, but is now at home with husband Carl.
The Help, I’m Now Home Schooling Facebook group gives daily updates including tips, cooking demonstrations and instructional webinars for parents staying at home.
Not content with giving online support, Carly has also been putting her sewing skills to good use making face masks and other garments which have been handed out to nurses, care workers, Burslem-based charity Helping Angels, physiotherapists, key workers in manufacturing and warehousing, teachers and vulnerable friends and relatives.
She has made more than 70 face masks and hats so far, is working her way through making 60 cloth bags and now plans to try her hand at making scrubs for hospital workers and carers.
Carly said: “I’m used to a busy working life and wanted to do my bit. The masks and hats have proved popular and the bags are designed for people to put their PPE in before leaving work and then straight into the washing machine when they get home.
“I have also made patterns for each item and given them out to others who want to support our key workers. There’s going to be a huge demand going forward as many people will want face masks as they emerge from lockdown.”
Carly has now been nominated for a People First accolade in the Our Heroes Awards.