Free toddler drop-in fundraising to keep open in Queen’s Park

Users of the free Queen’s Park Families drop-in have launched a crowdfunding page to keep it open

Users of the free Queens Park Families drop-in have launched a crowdfunding page to keep it open - Credit: Archant

Volunteers and parents in Queen’s Park are fundraising to save their free to use family drop in.

Queen’s Park Families, who meet every Wednesday in Jude Hall, Ilbert Street, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £1000 to save the service.

The project, which started out as a grassroots pilot-scheme three years ago for parents of very young babies to meet and form support networks, has been running for two years.

A grant from Queen’s Park Community Council is not enough to cover the costs of running the project that spends around £15,000 each year for venue hire, a specialist music leader and other running costs.

Julian Knight, charity director, said: “Queen’s Park is an area of high-density housing and multiple deprivation, with above average numbers of families living in financial hardship. The project grew from an idea developed by local residents to support families with new babies, for whom there was little provision in the area.

“For parents we provide a welcoming, friendly atmosphere where they feel supported and nurtured and through which they can make new local friends, thus reducing isolation and creating peer-support networks.”

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