With funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, we run six free weekly drop ins all year round for families with children aged 0-4 years. The sessions have grown out of a resident-led pilot in Queens Park and residents remain at the heart of the programme, helping us steer the activities over coming years. Music, creativity and play remain central to the sessions – led by Julie from Creative Futures, an expert early years creative practitioner – enabling children to interact socially, and learn and develop through carefully planned music-based activities.
Trained Maternity Champions are on hand to support parents, make them tea, introduce them to other families, and offer support, advice, signposting and friendship.
“I was made to feel welcome right away. I met other mothers and the maternity champion told me about other services. I got to learn how to relate to my baby, how to talk to her, songs to sing her.” (parent)
Please click on the weekly drop-ins timetable below to view full size.