Statement re Covid 19 family support 23.3.20

Emergency Covid 19 Family Support from Purple Elephant

Over the next few weeks Purple Elephant (the organisers of Frome Toy Library, Frome Children’s Festival/Gen-Z, the Sports Festival and Family Holiday Fun activities during school holidays) will be doing whatever we can to support those local families who are most in need.

We’ll be working together with Fair Frome and local schools to get resources to families such as activity packs, toys and books. We understand that keeping children occupied will be a challenge so, naturally, these play resources will be given for free and most will be to keep – some will be on loan. Many families are going to be facing a long period of time in isolation or unexpectedly at home, and will struggle to find positive things to do – our aim will be to give them creative, healthy, fun activities to help keep vulnerable families occupied and avoid spiralling into crisis. We will of course follow government guidance on cleaning and social distancing to ensure that our resources are safe to use.

We have very limited funding from previous donations to enable this support so we will need more if we’re to continue this work for more than a few weeks. If you are in a position to donate a little to help our emergency support we’d be very grateful.  Tensions will be running high in some families so please help us reach out to keep the world of play open for our most vulnerable children.

You can give via our website or Local Giving.



Hello! Welcome to our world of fun! Here at the Children’s Festival we firmly believe that children should be given every opportunity to play, learn and have fun. Look around our website to discover what we offer children and their families.

Purple Elephant Productions Covid 19 PR 18.3.20

Having carefully considered Government advice about the Corona (Covid 19) outbreak and in order to help keep our local community safe we will be suspending some of our current projects. This will mean that:

  • Toy Library stay and play sessions will not run from Tuesday 24th March until further notice,
  • We will not be running Family Holiday Fun sessions during the Easter or May school holidays.

We’re very aware that many families will be challenged over the next few weeks and we’ll be working with other local organisations to find alternative ways to support those most in need. Do keep an eye out on social media for details of alternative family support available.

This is a challenging and worrying time for us all – a time when we, as a community, need to support each other as best we can. As an organisation we will be doing our utmost to help support those in need. Look after yourself and those around you.