Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with community organisation Chelston Action Group (CAG) to launch the Toddlers and Tots play sessions, which run from 9.30am until 11.30am every Wednesday at St Peter’s Centre, Torquay.
The group offers local people the chance to get involved in volunteering roles, where they will be able to help care for the youngsters and learn skills that will be important for future employment
Attendees are also welcome to simply bring their children along and enjoy interacting with fellow parents and carers in a safe and supportive environment.
Running alongside Toddlers and Tots is a community café – which provides healthy, good value meals from 9.30am until 1.30pm – also offering opportunities for residents to volunteer behind the counter.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, said: “The volunteering roles on offer with CAG can give a valuable boost to our residents’ employability, so I would urge as many people as possible to take advantage of the opportunity.
“Consultation with local parents and carers revealed there was a need for this type of group, so we’re really pleased to support it. We’re seeing some real success stories as several of the group’s previous volunteers have gone on to secure employment or earn qualifications.”
CAG’s founder and project leader, Amanda Martin, added: “As well as taking part in volunteering, we welcome parents and carers who would like to find out more about social events happening locally, and we can signpost people to relevant agencies or organisations for further support if needed.”
Amanda’s dedication to supporting the Torbay community was recognised this month as she won August’s Torbay Community Stars award, run by Sanctuary Housing.
Nominations for the next Torbay Star are now open. Residents can cast their votes online at www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/torbay-community-star-awards. Nomination forms are available from Great Parks Community Centre and the Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub in Paignton as well as the Acorn Centre in Torquay.
For more information about Toddlers and Tots, the community café or CAG, residents can contact Amanda Martin by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.