Up to 50 children in the Trimdon Grange area are set to take part in the new activities aimed at learning through play thanks to funding from believe housing.
Aimed mainly at youngsters aged under seven, the sessions have been organised by Trimdon Grange Community Centre.
The activities are intended to help young families socialise together while helping with the learning and development of the children taking part. Running up to November, the first session included a guest appearance by children’s entertainer ‘Captain Raggy Beard’.
believe housing provided £500 towards the project through its community grant fund. The housing association, formerly known as County Durham Housing Group, has supported more than 100 groups since launching its community grant fund in summer 2017.
Community Investment Team Leader from believe housing, Angela Stobbart, said: “It was great to meet some of the families taking part, and of course Captain Raggy Beard himself.
“These new sessions will make a huge difference to the children and their parents. Having a regular social activity like this will really help them to make friends and develop new skills.
“I’m sure many of the friendships made during these activities will last for years and help the whole community.”
Alyson Elves Hudson, Chair of Trimdon Grange Community Association, said: “As a small local charity run by volunteers we rely on grants for much of our funding. A grant such as that awarded by believe housing has allowed us to run a series of workshops in 2019 involving under sevens and their parents showing the importance of learning through play.”
Full details of the community grant programme are available at www.believehousing.co.uk or by calling 0300 1311 999.
The scheme provides funds of up to £500 and is designed to help new groups take their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible for the scheme.