A group offering support and a social environment to parents with young children in Red Lodge is starting up later this month, after receiving financial backing from councillors.
The Jelly Tots group will offer advice and activities to mums and dads as well as somewhere for babies and pre-school children to play safely. It will hold its first session at the Red Lodge Millennium Centre on Friday, March 13.
The scheme is being supported by district councillors Roger Dicker and Andy Drummond, who have each donated £500 from their Forest Heath locality grant funding towards it.
Jo Thompson, who is spearheading the project together with Emma Wood, said: “There is a very real need for this kind of family network group within Red Lodge and we are extremely grateful to both Cllr Dicker and Cllr Drummond for their support.
“While there are services further afield, they are not always accessible to parents in Red Lodge and the surrounding villages, especially if they do not have access to a car.”
Cllr Dicker, also a Red Lodge parish councillor, said: “Being a parent, whether you are on your own, or your partner is at work, can become a lonely experience at times.
“This group will offer a place where parents can call on a network of support, come together and relax, while their children make new friends and develop those important social skills that they will depend on in later life.”
Cllr Drummond said: “We are both really pleased to be able to support this initiative which I think will be of real benefit to families in Red Lodge and the surrounding villages. The locality grants were set up as a way of us helping our families and communities to support themselves. Our grant funding will be used to buy tables, chairs, toys and other equipment to help the new group to become established.”
Initially the group will meet once a week, on Fridays from 1pm to 2.30pm, but it is hoped a Monday afternoon session can be introduced as the group gains popularity.
For more on the group visit the Jelly Tots Facebook page.