Families in Friday Bridge are flocking to new family fun sessions delivered for the first time in the village as part of the redesigned Child and Family Centre offer.
The Happy Hands programme is designed to help families in rural villages in Fenland to access activities, information and services. Weekly sessions will run in Friday Bridge each Tuesday through this half-term before moving on to a new location each half-term.
Happy Hands is proving very popular with around 50 people attending last week and 27 at Messy Hands held yesterday (19 June) at Tower Hall, Friday Bridge.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s new refreshed and redesigned Child and Family Centres and Zones launched on April 1 to better meet the needs of a growing and rural county with activities and events taking place in a range of new locations and an extended focus on families with children of all ages.
The new offer also includes outreach groups, events and activities in new locations including libraries and other community buildings in towns and villages across the county.
Cllr Samantha Hoy, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People Committee vice-chairman, said: “The sessions in Friday Bridge are the first in a series of fun family sessions delivered in villages in Fenland where people have had to travel to access Child and Family Centre activities in the past. Feedback has been positive with families saying that they love the group and children singing all the way home!
“This new outreach activities are a great example of our new approach to supporting Cambridgeshire families with a broader focus on families with children of all ages and delivering events and activities in new developments and other communities where we haven’t worked before.”