New funding to boost parent and toddler Groups

A new parent and toddler group delivered by Alice charity has been announced, along with an extension of existing services, as a result of £18,720 funding from Realise charity.

The funding will be used to support the extension and expansion of parent and toddler groups across Staffordshire with the Alice charity. For the past three years, Realise charity has funded five parent and toddler groups, called Big Cup, across Kidsgrove, Audley, Clayton, Chesterton and Bradwell.

The groups provide families with an invaluable support network based on friendship and play, helping to ease the emotional strain and potential isolation of becoming a new parent.

Sharon Jones, Family Support Worker and volunteer at Alice charity said: “Being part of Big Cup has given me so much. If I didn’t attend Big Cup sessions, I don’t know what I’d do. I’m so proud to be part of it and I love it.”

Due to the popularity of the sessions, a new group is being launched next month in Poolfields. Located at the Harriet Higgins Centre, the sessions will take place on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon.

Will Nixon, Trustee of Realise charity, said: “Working with local partners means we can reach more people across our communities. The Big Cup partnership with Alice charity over the past two years has been a great achievement and examples of two local charities working together to support people.”

Alice charity, which is focused on supporting families and children in Stoke-On-Trent and Newcastle-Under-Lyme, will announce the funding in a handover event on Thursday 24th October. The funding is being provided by Realise charity, which improves disadvantaged communities and neighbourhoods in the area.

Steph Talbot, CEO of Alice charity, said: “We’re extremely proud to be able to continue to deliver our Big Cup parent and toddler sessions across the communities in Newcastle-under-Lyme. We see every day the value placed upon these groups by families.”

The community playgroups help families to overcome the problem of isolation. Whether it’s having a cup of tea, talking to others going through the same experience, or asking for advice, these playgroups provide an environment which is conducive to friendly interaction. Sessions take place on a daily basis in Newcastle under Lyme.

For information on the Big Cup sessions, visit:

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