It might be the summer holidays, but a busy group providing advice and support for young parents is continuing to thrive in Huntingdon.
High demand and positive feedback has meant that the Young Parent group, for people aged up to 25, will continue to meet during the summer holidays on Wednesdays from 10.30am – 12pm.
The group now meets in a more accessible town centre location and offers parenting advice as well as tailored courses in cooking and other essential life skills. People can also get information and referrals to other courses such as maths and English and arts and crafts sessions.
Members are currently focusing on ‘food & recipes’ in readiness for the cooking course that will be offered in September.
Eleanor, a young parent who attends the group, said: “The new venue is very spacious and there are always different activities ready for children to try. It allows them to get messy and creative. There is an outside area, which is great for the children who love the outside, and a soft area for mothers with babies to feel safe. There is more structure with snack time to encourage picky eaters to try different fruits and a story /song time at the end. The staff are very helpful and approachable, and the more mothers attending the new central location it good to share advice and make friends”.
The Young Parent Group normally meets every Thursday (during term time) from 10.30am – 12pm at the Child and family Centre at Huntingdon Nursery School, Ambury Road, Huntingdon. Parents can just drop-in with no booking or referral necessary (young parents up to their 26th birthday can attend).
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Child and Family Centres continue to meet the needs of a growing community with activities and events taking place in a range of new locations and an extended focus on families with children up to the age of 19, or 25 if there is an additional need.
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.