Building Strong Community Families

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“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, signposting and friendship.

Current music drop-ins (schedule from May 2022)

Mondays 10.00-11.45am for pre-crawlers only: at Queen's Park Children's Centre, 88 Bravington Road, W9 3AL

Tuesdays 10.00am-12.00 at Westbourne Park Family Centre, Porchester Rd, W2 5DX (term-time only)

Wednesdays 10.00-11.45am at The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL

Wednesdays 1.00-2.30pm at the Portman Early Childhood Centre, 12-18 Salisbury Street, NW8 8DE

Fridays 10.00-11.45am for 0-12months only, at The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES

If you would like to find out more and join in email hello@creativefuturesuk.com with your name, your child’s name and age, and your postcode.

What parents have to say
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“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.

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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)

Project Reports

We are pleased to publish a full project report from our independent evaluators into the first 2 years of the Community Families project. Read the full report here and an executive summary here.

Click here to read a report from the earlier ‘Queen’s Park Families’ phase of the project, from 2014-2017.

Listen here: 

Listen to our free albums on Soundcloud

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.

 

Community Families Songbook

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Download the PDF Songbook here:

Over in the meadow

Gather round