Building Strong Community Families
“This is an invaluable service to so many: we would be lost without it.” (Parent)
Building Strong Community Families is a partnership between Creative Futures and Paddington Development Trust (PDT). It builds on our highly successful “Queen’s Park Families” and “Westbourne Families” model, offering free weekly drop-ins all year round for families with children aged 0-4 years. With funding from the Lottery ‘Reaching Communities Fund,’ we now offer 6 FREE drop-in sessions every week across northwest Westminster.
The project grew from a resident-led pilot in 2013, to flourishing weekly sessions attended by hundreds of families every year. Residents remain at the heart of the programme and help us steer the project’s design. Music, creativity and play remain central to the sessions – led by Julie Isaac, our expert early years creative practitioner – enabling children to interact socially, and learn and develop through carefully planned music-based activities.
Trained volunteer ‘Maternity Champions’ from PDT are on hand to support parents, make them tea, introduce them to other families, and offer support, advice, signposting and friendship.
Current music drop-ins
Following government guidelines regarding Covid-19, we are currently delivering most of our music drop-ins online, except for Tuesday mornings which now take place at Westbourne Park Family Centre. To book for the Tuesday morning session with Julie click here: https://www.westbourneparkfamilycentre.org.uk/early-years
Our online music drop-ins led by Julie run at 10:30-11:15 am on Zoom, for children 0-12 months on Mondays, and for children 0-4 years on Wednesdays- Fridays. If you would like to join the Zoom sessions, text Lizzie on 07593690705, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your child’s name and age, and your postcode.
What parents have to say
“I was made to feel welcome right away. I met other mothers and the maternity champion told me about other services. I got to learn how to relate to my baby, how to talk to her, songs to sing her.” (Parent)
If you are expecting a child, or have children aged 0-4 years, and you live in Queen’s Park, Westbourne, Harrow Road or Bayswater wards please check the timetable and come along and join us at a session near you. We look forward to welcoming you.
“Being a single parent, I find the sessions brilliant for integrating into the community and to talk to other parents.”
“Invaluable means of giving me and baby energy and motivation to get on with the day. These sessions are VITAL to encouraging good mental health as well as physical health condition.” (Parents)
Click here to read a report from the earlier ‘Queen’s Park Families’ phase of the project, from 2014-2017.
These albums include some favourite songs that our families have enjoyed singing with Julie at the drop-ins together with some new songs to discover together at home.