Free parent and toddler group launches in Blackpool
published on 8 Sep 2022
Free parent and toddler group launches as cost-of-living crisis continues to spiral
A new group for parents and toddlers is set to launch at our church in Blackpool which will see free food, play and a safe, warm place on offer as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies.
The Salvation Army in Blackpool, located on Raikes Parade, has affectionately named the group ‘Shining Stars’ and it will run every Monday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in its church hall, offering free fun and a warm, safe haven as families everywhere continue to struggle as day-to-day costs increase.
Activities within the group will include messy play, crafts, toys and singing and families will also enjoy refreshments, snacks and warmth as everyone heads into autumn.
Captain Naomi Clifton, church leader of The Salvation Army in Blackpool, decided to launch the group as a new offering to the local community and a free activity for families that may be having to cut back in other ways due to the cost-of-living crisis. She said: “We wanted to build a new community here in Blackpool where parents aren’t alone, and children can socialise whilst having fun in a safe, warm space.
“The group is free to attend; we have seen so many people already having to sacrifice days out and going to paid groups with their children because any disposable income they have is needing to be placed elsewhere as bills continue to rise. It’s important that no family feels they can’t come along just because they think they can’t afford it. This free group is for children to get the support they need but just as importantly, so parents and carers get the support that they need too.”
The inaugural session takes place on Monday, September 12, and will be on a drop in for children aged up to four.