Corby parents launch new children’s group

A Halloween event at the new Kingswood Children and Friends group
A Halloween event at the new Kingswood Children and Friends group

A group of parents decided to fight the cuts by getting organised and launching their own group for families in Corby.

They formed Kingswood Children and Friends which aims to plug the gaps in activities provided for youngsters and parents on the estate and from the rest of the town.

The group held its first big event last Thursday when 70 adults and children turned up to take part in a Halloween welly walk in Kings Wood, followed by a hot meal and fun and games at the estate’s neighbourhood centre.

Now the group’s founders and committee are planning Christmas activities.

Its chairman Jordon White, vice-chairman Christine May, treasurer Danielle Stephens and secretary Natalie Sweeney came up with the idea of the new group.

They have also recruited a committee of 10 parents who meet regularly to make plans.

Jordon, a mum of two, said: “Government cutbacks mean that a lot of the drop-in groups and activities have had to stop.

“There are services for targetted groups, such as mums with post-natal depression, for instance, but its our view that we still need universal groups which run to provide activities for parents and families without specific problems.

“That way you can help prevent problems, such as parents with small children becoming isolated.

“This is a new venture and its in its early stages but we are all passionate about what we are doing.”

Corby borough and county councillor John McGhee provided the group with £1,000 from his empowering communities grant to help get it up and running.

It is also in the process of seeking additional funding.

Jordon said: “In the new year we are hoping to start regular weekly drop-ins for parents with pre-school age children, as well as activities for older children during school holidays.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so we are having to learn as we go along, but what we lack in knowledge we make up in enthusiasm.

“The Halloween welly walk was a big success and we are now looking forward to our Christmas event.

“We have had a lot of help and guidance from Kingswood Children’s Centre, which we are really grateful for.

“We are all learning new skills as we go along. The main aim is to provide something for parents and children, not only in the Kingswood area but for people across the town.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Kingswood Children and Friends can visit its Facebook page. Information is also available at the estate’s neighbourhood centre in Alberta Close.