Bristol baby and toddler group receive boost from Care UK wellbeing foundation
June 3, 2015
Babies and toddlers in the St. George’s area of Bristol are about to receive a fun-time boost that will help to develop their creativity thanks to a grant from the Care UK wellbeing foundation.
The foundation was set up by independent sector health and social care provider Care UK to help groups promoting wellbeing in their communities. It has pledged £1,650 to the Summerhill Little Mischiefs group to buy art and craft materials, instruments and dressing-up clothes for the 30-plus children who regularly attend the sessions at Summerhill Methodist Church.
Karen Reed, who founded the group a year ago with fellow mum Tanya Hale, said: “There were no mother and toddler groups within easy walking distance of the three primary schools in the area. People wanted somewhere safe and stimulating for their children – particularly those mothers who were dropping their children off at one of the local schools.
“Socialising is so important for children’s development and for mothers’ wellbeing too. We were overwhelmed when we heard about the grant. It will enable us to buy equipment that will not only allow the children to have fun but that will grow their imaginations and develop their coordination and motor skills.”
Belinda Moore, chair of the Care UK wellbeing foundation board, said: “The board was impressed with Karen and Tanya’s drive to increase the facilities and support available to parents in their community.
“This type of group is vital in developing young minds and putting children on the right path to leading happy and fulfilled lives. We are delighted to have been able to help the group celebrate its first anniversary with this grant and we wish them, and their young members, many happy years of success.”
Karen Reed has worked for Care UK’s NHS 111 contact centre in Bristol since it opened in January 2012, now coaching call handlers to ensure those calling the non-emergency medical helpline receive efficient and effective treatment.
Every year the foundation sets aside 30 per cent of its investment for small, local initiatives – and often these are nominated by Care UK employees. However, grants are open to any community group or charity. This year, grants are being awarded to projects that use any form of music, art, dance or theatre to improve the wellbeing of their community.