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 financial contributions from the Town Council, Churches Together, Lord Faringdon's Trust 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, with additional help for refurbishment coning 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:

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. It is an opportunity to meet other parents with babies and offers sensory and messy play activities. Sessions provide stimulation for babies and a welcoming environment for parents and carers.

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 fortnightly; we alternate with a “toddler cinema” and “mums with babies” film. 

We run buggy walks, which help reduce isolation and offer an opportunity to meet up with other parents whilst carrying out gentle exercise. They are also a great introduction to Faringdon for families new to the area. We have also joined up with Farcycles to arrange sessions to introduce families to the local cycle park

The Place runs 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 throughout lockdown.

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.

Please contact us for further details of our groups and activities - see the Contact Us section on the website. We also provide a listening ear over a cuppa if you just want a chat - please do get in touch with us.

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CHARITABLE STATUS

The Place is registered with the Charity Commission, registration number 1175671

Our trustees are Lord Faringdon; the Mayor of Faringdon; Joanna Cave.

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.

FUNDING

The Place is funded through a combination of grants, donations and fundraising activities.

To date we have received

  • grants from Faringdon Town Council, Oxfordshire County Council, 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.