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.”
Having worked for over 11 years in Children Centre’s, I was thrilled to be offered the role as
co-ordinator of The Place.
I understand the demands and challenges of being a parent both through my own personal experience of bring up 3 sons and through supporting many families as an outreach worker. I understand the need for families to have somewhere to go where they can feel listened too and welcomed.
My previous experience of working within a school and also a pre-school, where I was able to complete my NVQ 3 in Childcare, has also widened my knowledge, with various training courses enabling me to facilitate Family Links Parenting Courses and Baby Massage.
I understand the importance of the The Place being part of the community, and very much value the relationships built up with families who attend our sessions. It is such a privilege to be part of a family’s journey, even if its just for a short time.
Early Years Practitioner
I moved to Faringdon in 2009 as a single mum with my two young boys. I began supporting families volunteering with Homestart Uk until I started work at The Old Station Nursery where I studied a level 3 Diploma in the Children and Young People’s Workforce. I then went on to work at Faringdon Infant school where I was a Teaching Assistant in a reception class for many years. When the opportunity arose to work for The Place I was thrilled as I feel passionate about supporting parents/families as well as working with children during the early years.
I understand the importance of nurturing young children’s unique qualities and personalities, The Place provides a safe space for them to explore and encourages their development through play. I enjoy getting to know the families who attend our sessions watching them learn and grow together, building relationships and supporting them through the many ups and downs of parenthood and family life.
Early Years Practitioner
Hello! I’m Ashley and I help run Play at the Place, on Thursdays.
I live in Faringdon with my husband Rob, our 2 year old little boy Buddy and our little girl Luca who was born in June 2020.
I was delighted to join The Place team back in November 2019. As a resident of Faringdon but also as a parent, I know how important the sessions we run can be and having the opportunity to get regular support and meet likeminded people really helps on those tough days!
I also work in a Public Health team in London and have worked for the past 13 years helping families and individuals to improve their health, through a range of projects around healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle behaviours. I am passionate about helping others and have completed a degree in Health Related Exercise and Fitness, followed by a masters in Public Health and Physical Activity.
I really value the relationships with all the families that attend The Place and the little community that has been created and aim to support families from all walks of life.