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The Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (FAN) Club program is a children’s mental health awareness program using child-sized hand and rod puppets to discuss social issues affecting them.
Goals & Objectives:
Is This Program for Me?
What We Offer:
Using hand and rod puppets, skits are presented to children on issues such as attention deficit disorder, smoking and self-esteem to help promote mental health awareness and healthy lifestyle choices to the children. A typical presentation is 30-55 minutes in length (based on age of audience) and consists of introductory activities, a puppet skit, and a question-and-answer period.
Recommended audience size is up to 3 classes at a time preferably split into primary and junior presentations. Minimum presentation is one, but typically FAN Club will visit 8 times throughout a school year (once per month, covering a different topic each month).
Primary and Junior Presentations
How Do I Get Connected?
To book a presentation or to become a volunteer puppeteer, please contact Jackie Ralph, Youth Awareness and Education Supervisor, by telephone at 519-371-3642 ext. 1216 (Toll-Free at 1-888-451-2642) or by email at [email protected].
While the majority of our FAN Club presentations take place in our local schools, FAN Club presentations are available to churches, private schools, homeschooling groups, summer camps, libraries, etc.
Is There a Cost for This Program?
There is no set fee for a FAN Club presentation, however, donations to “CMHA Grey Bruce” in care of the program are always gratefully accepted. A suggested donation is $100 per presentation.
Is There a Waitlist for This Program?
There is no waitlist for this program.
Across Bruce and Grey Counties
Thank you to our FAN Club Sponsors:
“Thanks for coming to the group today! I just had to tell you that my son came home talking about sending letters to people he knows as Chatty Jackie said. He is very impressed that you were “at mommy’s work” today! Lol
Thanks for being such a light! You reach so many!!”