Jelly Tots group is hoping for sweet taste of success

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A group offering social activities and support to parents of young children is to be launched in Red Lodge later this month.

The Jelly Tots group, has been backed by two local councillors and will offer social activities and support to mums and dads, as well as somewhere for babies and pre-school children to safely play.

It will hold its first session at the Red Lodge Millennium Centre on Friday and it is being backed by Forest Heath locality grant funding from Cllr Roger Dicker and Cllr Andy Drummond, who have each donated £500.

“There is a very real need for this kind of family network group within Red Lodge. While there are services further afield, they are not always accessible to parents in Red Lodge and the surrounding village, especially if they do not have access to a car.” said Jo Thompson, who together with Emma Wood, is spearheading the project.

“Being a parent, whether you are on your own, or your partner is at work, can become a lonely experience at times,” said Cllr Dicker. “This group will offer a place where parents can call on a network of support, come together and relax, while their children make new friends and develop those important social skills that they will depend on in later life.”

Cllr Drummond added: “We are both really pleased to be able to support this initiative which I think will be of real benefit to families in Red Lodge and the surrounding villages. Our grant funding will be used to buy tables, chairs, toys and other equipment to help the new group to become established.”

Jelly Tots will meet each Friday from 1pm to 2.30pm, although it is hoped that as the group becomes more popular a Monday afternoon session can also be launched. For more on the group visit the Jelly Tots Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jelly-Tots-Red-Lodge/316994958441961