Community events bring children, young people and families togetherPublished Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Communities in Rotherham came together over Easter to celebrate what makes their community great in a series of ‘Community Cafe’ style social events.
Rotherham Council’s Early Help and Family Engagement Service worked with several schools to plan and deliver these exciting events. Eastwood Village Primary School, East Dene Primary School, Coleridge Primary School, Meadowview Primary School, Canklow Woods Primary School and The Wingfield Academy have all been involved in bringing members of the community together in the spirit of local unity.
Eastwood Village Primary School’s event saw generous helpings of food selected from ‘around the world’ to represent the area’s cultural diversity. Residents, young and old enjoyed arts and crafts, as well as taking part in sporting activities throughout the afternoon.
East Dene Primary School’s event included a combination of therapeutic play and craft activities as well as a poster competition, biscuit decoration, relaxation workshop, bracelet making and a penalty shoot-out supported by Rotherham United Community Trust. Catering staff worked with members of the community to put on a spread of food for residents to enjoy and participants shared their home-made recipes.
Young people from Wingfield Academy also took part in a workshop delivered by the school; alongside Rotherham Council's Early Help team and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust promoting community cohesion. The group explored different cultures and religions and brought people together in a positive way.
The projects have been funded through the Early Help Service and Rotherham Safer Partnership.
The Early Help and Family Engagement Service was recently established to ensure that issues experienced by children and families in Rotherham are identified quickly and that families are offered support to stop problems from getting worse.