Level Two. Neglect.

Level Two. Neglect.

By Michelle Lloyd.

Neglect was not a thought that entered New One’s mind, not in a conventional sense. He usually felt content and fulfilled but if there was anything that was lacking in his life, New One usually felt that he should try and do something about it. It was not always easy and that was for sure, but he did try. New One believed that he had an understanding and empathetic personality but he had not ever really experienced neglect.

As an idea neglect has been introduced to New One on the news, he had accidently caught the tail end of a feature being broadcast on the television and he felt incredibly sad about it. The presenter had been talking about animals who lived out on the streets and how food for them was scarce. It had made New One feel humble about what he had but wishful about what could be done for those animals who had not very much at all. Neglect was not always the fault of one body or another, at times of extreme or severe strain many areas of life could suffer. This in itself was not an idea that sat well with New One either.

That evening New One found that the words of his parents came to him and his conscience. If he really felt badly about a subject then he should try to improve it. Even if it was a small notion, a little bit of effort was fat better than none at all.

This was how New One had gone about his plan and at school the idea really took hold…

Neglect was a diverse topic. At school there was an after lunch club where wildlife issues were introduced, taught and engaged in by pupils and teachers. They lived in a heavily countryside area and preservation of the wildlife was important for everyone. This was where New One felt that his idea could be put to the test.

A woodland walk had been proposed as a way of getting parents, pupils and school staff involved in understanding more about the natural world that surrounded them. New One decided that the woodland walk would be the perfect place for him to show his, care and share it, attitude.

It was a quick gesture exchanged between teacher and New One that indicated the timing was all set. New One took to centre stage, well the front of the woodland clearing anyhow and began to explain what he had done.

Flyers were handed out by dad and New One told everybody about how recently contacting the animal charity in their local area had uncovered some extremely exciting news.

The animal charity was running a project whereby they were teaming up with a resource abroad and fund raising established from a fun run was going to help support both the venture to provide much-needed aid to them and to wildlife efforts in their own community. It was a double whammy of achievement and New One wanted to get his school on board.

First his class joined in the campaign and then news of what was happening spread through to the rest of the school. A useful boost of participants gathered for the day of the fun run and a fantastic result was used to fund the animal welfare campaign for both countries.

It just went to show that negative news of neglect did not always have to stay so, if effort met engagement then much could be achieved.