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 able to open its doors to families in June 2018 thanks to community funding from Oxfordshire County Council and with financial contributions from the Town Council, Churches Together, Lord Faringdon's Trust and other local charities and fundraising.
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, with additional help for refurbishment coming from a grant from OCC. In the summer of 2021 The Place received an additional grant from Faringdon United Charities to fund an additional worker for three years, enabling the project to increase the number of groups it is able to run in response to increasing local need.
Who is The Place for
The Place is a community led charity which welcomes families with children under 5. It is a non judgemental, friendly project running professionally led groups and offers a place for ALL families to feel accepted and welcomed.
What happens at The Place
All of our sessions are all planned with the key development areas for 0-5 in mind. We offer friendly advice and support for the grown ups, along with varied activities, including craft/messy play, healthy snacks, singing and story time. Take a look at all the activies available here
The Place is registered with the Charity Commission, registration number 1175671
Our trustees are Cllr Keira Bentley (The Mayor of Faringdon), Joanna Cave, Brenda Allanson and Eleanor Tucker.
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."
A key aim is to advance the education of Faringdon 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 gratefully received:
grants from Faringdon Town Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Faringdon Churches Together and Faringdon United Charities
significant donations from Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust; Folly Park Residents Association; Faringdon Chamber of Commerce; Faringdon Beer Society (Beer Festival)
proceeds from fundraising activities such as the joint carwash with Faringdon Firefighters; the Mayor Rocks music events and Faringdon Welcomes Buskers.
We are dependent on continuing support from Faringdon Town Council, future successful grant applications and fundraising.