WHO WE ARE
Introduction to The Place
The Place was set up as a result of the closure of the local Children Centre. Members of Faringdon’s community, including the Town Council, local Churches, School and Parents put together a business plan, working with Spurgeons Children Charity. The Place was successful in obtaining community funding from Oxfordshire County Council and with the Town Council’s financial contribution along with the Church, Lord Faringdon and other local charities and fundraising it was able to open its door to Families in June 2018.
Since then local fundraising and continued commitment from the Town Council has enabled The Place to grow from strength to strength. This has culminated in The Place moving into its own premises within the next few months.
Who is The Place for:
The Place is a community led group which welcomes all families with children under 5. It is a non judgemental, friendly led Group which offers a place for ALL families to feel accepted and welcomed.
What happens at The Place:
Our groups have all been suspended in light of Government regulations. However, to help families understand what The Place has provided in the past, please see below:
Play at The Place 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.
The Baby Place is a group aimed at pregnant and new parents with their bumps and babies, where the local sling library attends once a month, giving you the chance to try on and hire a large variety of slings. Craft activities are planned for parents and the group always finishes with a singing time.
Breastfeeding Support Group is led by a qualified midwife . Older siblings are welcome. Come along and join us for some friendly support and advice and of course a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.
The Movie Place runs monthly on a Wednesday we alternate with a “toddler cinema” and “mums with babies” film.
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.
We also were very pleased to be able to support the Health Visitor’s Well Being Clinics.
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.
In line with the latest Government guidelines –we are mainly working from home . 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.
To help families feel more connected, we have set up some online virtual groups:
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. 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.
A group for our existing Baby Place parents
A Virtual Breastfeeding Café
Singing/Story Virtual Group for our families with Toddlers and older children
If you would like to get connected and join any of these groups please email or message us.
As part of our ongoing support during these times we also provide craft packs and also are loaning out our resources. Again please do get in touch with us if you would like any more information.
Our baby clothes and maternity clothes library has been popular, with many families finding it difficult to access shops, please contact us if we are able to help with this.
We hope to resume groups as soon as it is safe for us to do this. Please keep an eye on our facebook/website for up to date information. If you are able to complete a membership form, we will also make sure you are aware of all the latest information via email.
We really look forward to meeting you soon in our new home at the side of the Corn Exchange!
The Place is registered with the Charity Commission, registration number 1175671
Our trustees are Lord Faringdon; the Mayor of Faringdon; Joanna Cave and Lee Reddyhof
Our registration sets out the following aims and objectives:
“The Place Children and Family Project offers lifeline groups for children and their families to improve outcomes and life chances. It runs drop in groups and sessions and responds to needs in the community. It gives parents a relaxed place to meet.
The objects shall be to further such charitable purposes for the benefit of families with young children resident in Faringdon, in particular but not exclusively by advancing the education of such families in relation to childcare, parenting, health, the environment, ICT and life skills by such means as the trustees may consider appropriate.”
To read the Trustees' Annual Report to the Charity Commission click here.
The Place is funded through a combination of grants, donations and fundraising activities.
To date we have received
grants from Faringdon Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council
significant donations from Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust; Faringdon United Charities; Folly Park Residents Association; Faringdon Chamber of Commerce; Faringdon Beer Societys (Beer Festival)
proceeds from fundraising activities such as the joint carwash with Faringdon Firefighters; and the Mayor Rocks music events
We are dependent on continuing support from Faringdon Town Council, future successful grant applications and fundraising.