The Place – Family and Children’s Project.

 

 

Carole and Lucy are pleased to be running The Place ….. where everyone is welcome with Children Under 5’s.     Both Carole and Lucy have previously worked in Faringdon and both have experience in working with children and families;  Carole within the children centre and Lucy at a local pre-school and the Infant School.

We hope you will come along and join us at Play at The Place, which is held in the Pump House Project, Swan Lane, Faringdon. We run 2 sessions every Thursday, 9-10.45am and 1-2.30pm. The sessions are all planned with the key development areas for 0-5 in mind.     We offer friendly advice and support along with varied activities, including craft/messy play, healthy snacks, singing and a story time.

We have joined up with Faringdon Breast feeding café and now run a support group with a qualified midwife every Thursday 11.45-1.00pm at The Pump House Project, Swan Lane, Faringdon.  Older siblings are welcome, we set up a few toys so they have something to play with. Come along and join us for some friendly support and advice and of course a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

The Baby Place is a group aimed at pregnant and new parents with their bumps and babies, it runs on Fridays at the Baptist Church in Faringdon from 10.45am -12pm, where the local sling library attends once a month, giving you the chance to try on and hire a large variety of slings.

We have a Clothes Library with a large variety of maternity and baby clothes from birth -12 months, this is available during any of our groups.

The Movie Place runs monthly on a Wednesday we alternate with a “toddler cinema” and “mums with babies” film. For more information of upcoming dates, times and films please see our events page.

The Place also run a variety of different courses through out the year; Baby Massage, Family Links Parenting Puzzle Course and Paediatric First Aid Courses. For more information and to book onto any of these Courses please do contact us via email; theplacefaringdon@spurgeons.org or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/theplacefaringdon

We would really appreciate any comments you can give us about what you would like to see at the groups.  Please contact us via our email:   theplacefaringdon@spurgeons.org or on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theplacefaringdon

The Place are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising or at the Groups.  Volunteering can just involve a small amount of time but can be very rewarding and also can be included on cv’s.    Any help would be really appreciated and will help to ensure The Place’s sustainability in the longer term.

We look forward to meeting you at our groups soon.

With best wishes Carole & Lucy.

Links to whats on in Faringdon for families and children

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Here to help

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Health and Wellbeing support for pregnant women and parents with babies during the Covid 19 Pandemic

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Faringdon Foodbank

Faringdon Food Bank is operating on Mondays & Wednesdays 10-12, For more information follow the link below.

http://faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk/food-bank-in-faringdon-covid19/?fbclid=IwAR3ejx3C0El58nXjcf0IfAx48K-8Y8R67jWpa4xluwefQDLj8QlBAOyAmo8

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Here is a FREE information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
Just click the link below…

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf?fbclid=IwAR004GcwqZvybefMCXpFw9nYlIJ3ktUv8q4jJedgF2tXN8MA_M0rmQDUOx8

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The Place Virtual Groups

Hello everyone!
We hope you are all keeping safe and well? We miss our groups and seeing you all so much, so we have come up with a plan to stay connected! We will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to set up 3 online virtual groups. The groups we are hoping to run are:
A New parent, new baby group, for parents who have recently had a baby and have not been able to come to any groups and meet others. A group for our existing Baby Place parents and a Virtual Breastfeeding Café.
If you would like to get connected and join any of these groups please email us at – contact@theplacefaringdon.org or call Lucy on 07973678827.
Please share this with friends and family in Faringdon who have new babies or are due to have a baby soon as we would like to support them as best we can.
We hope to be connected with you all very soon!
Carole, Lucy and Ashley.

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Domestic Abuse Helplines

We have received a number of links from various organisations about Domestic Abuse  and felt it important to share the below contact numbers:

Evidence shows that domestic abuse may rise when there’s an extra burden on relationships from a combination of financial pressure and being cooped up in close quarters.   We want you to feel safe in your home, so please don’t suffer in silence. If you’re affected, or know someone who is, there is confidential advice and support available.

Domestic abuse or violence is a crime and should be reported to the police – there are also other organisations who can offer you help and support.

Call 999 if it’s an emergency or you’re in immediate danger; if you are unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak

Other organisations who can help

Contact any of the following organisations to get help and advice about domestic abuse.

Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247
www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 731 0055 (Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm)

www.reducingtherisk.org.uk

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428
www.galop.org.uk

Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999
www.rapecrisis.org.uk

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UPDATE

In line with the latest Government guidelines – Lucy, Ashley and Carole are working from home and unable to offer any 1-1 appointments, we also do not have access the clothes library or the office. However, we are at the end of the phone and pick up emails and Facebook messages regularly so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We can have a virtual cup of tea with you and sometimes just to be able to talk to someone can help. Email contact@theplacefaringdon.org or call Carole on 07973 678837.

Look after yourselves and take care.
Carole, Lucy and Ashley

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Breastfeeding support

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SUNFLOWERS

Have a go at growing your own. Email pictures to: contact@theplacefaringdon.org or send them to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theplacefaringdon/

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Corona Virus Update

17th March 2020                           UPDATE – Corona Virus (COVID 19)

In view of the statement made by the Prime Minister yesterday evening regarding social distancing, The Place has made the very hard decision to close all sessions with immediate effect.

We recognise that we are unable to control social distancing at The Place. Children love to play together and explore with their hands and mouths. Whilst we usually promote this exploration, we cannot control the risk of infection. Because of the nature of our work and the fact that families and children who attend our sessions are likely to also be in contact with vulnerable people in the community we believe that we should take this step. The health and safety of all children and families is our priority.

We have also received the following statement from The Health Visiting Team:
In line with guidance on social distancing and COVID-19 all well baby clinics, early days groups and Baby Lunchbox sessions and other Health Visiting led groups across Oxfordshire are closed with immediate effect. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Health visiting team direct or see the link below for up to date information on COVID 19. Please share widely, we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/…

We will continue to staff The Place remotely for the time being so if you need us, either contact us through Messenger on the Facebook page or Email contact@theplacefaringdon.org . Alternatively you can call Carole on 07973 678837. We plan to increase our online presence with ideas for play, home learning, advice and behaviour tips so please keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Subject to any new Government advice –

We are also happy to be able to offer 1:1 support if you are feeling anxious or isolated at this time, providing we ourselves are in good health and you are not displaying any symptoms and having to self-isolate. Parenting can be tough enough without all the added uncertainty at the moment so please do contact us if you would like to book a time to come and have a chat and a cuppa with either Carole or Lucy, we always have a listening ear for you. Alternatively, if you are having to self-isolate, we are always happy to give you a call and chat over the phone, just drop us an email and we will call you at a convenient time.

We are also pleased to be able to offer 1:1 support for Breastfeeding, either through a private consultation or telephone call with our Midwife Beth who will do her upmost to support you all at this challenging time. Please Email us if you would like to book an appointment or a call back from Beth.

If you would like access to our Clothes Library or if you are in need of any items please do get in touch and we can arrange getting items to you. We also have very limited donations of nappies and other baby products so if you are in need of any items let us know and we will do our best to source some for you.

If you have signed up to one of our upcoming Parenting, Baby Massage or First Aid courses, we will be postponing these until it is safe to run them and will be in touch in due course. Again, if you have any questions please do Email us.

Please continue to check our Facebook page for any updates or if you do not have access to Facebook and would prefer us to Email you updates then please let us know by emailing contact@theplacefaringdon.org. Please do check your junk/spam folders for any response from us.

This is a difficult time for us all and we hope that you and your families can keep safe.

We hope to see you all very soon

Carole, Lucy & Ashley.

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