Ashfield Children’s Centres have been awarded £1000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for their project ‘The Big Day Out’. The project will help families to come together to learn new skills and meet new people in their community.
The Children’s Centres run by Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership, a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Family Action and North Nottinghamshire College, applied for a grant earlier this year to fund the project.
The ‘Big Day Out’ project includes a five-week preparation family learning course for local families, leading to an outing to Sherwood Pines Forest Park available to the wider community, thereby creating a sense of unity across the community and peer support amongst local families.
The preparation course will focus on strategies for coping with children throughout holiday periods, cheap and easy play ideas, as well as improving adults’ confidence in learning.
Michelle Squires, Community Development Worker for Hucknall Children’s Centre was delighted to hear they had won and said: “Lots of families find it difficult to have an affordable day out with their children and aren’t aware of free, local places to go. Some families also often struggle to think of cheap and easy ways to keep their children busy during holiday periods and this funding will help families to gain new skills whilst bringing together the local community.”
Three groups in every Tesco region were shortlisted to receive cash awards for local projects that bring benefits to the community. The Tesco initiative is a community grant scheme where money raised by the 5p bag charge funds local community projects.