An initiative by a Brierfield children’s centre to encourage families to get outdoors has been highly commended in a county wide competition.
The Family Tree Children’s Centre entered the Chairman’s Challenge, a competition run by Lancashire County Council for schools and family centres. Participants could submit entries which they felt demonstrated their commitment to encouraging children and families to lead healthier, safer and greener lives.
The Family Tree Children’s Centre were concerned about local children playing in car parks, as well as the issue of childhood obesity and decided to open up the outdoor play area at the centre. Centre staff, volunteers and parents held a family fun day which invited local families to use the centre’s facilities and also encourage a healthier and greener lifestyle. On the day, children could plant seeds to help them grow their own fruit and vegetables as well as learning how to make healthy smoothies and they were given recipes to take home and try.
Wendy Ireton, Family Support Outreach Worker for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust who works at The Family Tree Children’s Centre said:
“The day was a huge success and we were really pleased to see such a good turnout. Families could see how easy it is to achieve 60 minutes of exercise whilst having fun and how they can grow their own vegetables at home no matter how big or small their gardens. The activities on the day also promoted safe playing environments for children that can be recreated at home. We set up various activities and games using recycled items, like a game of ‘Kerplunk’ which used old garden canes and fencing. This demonstrated how we can help the environment and reuse everyday objects for fun activities.
“Parents and children alike really enjoyed the day and we are looking at putting on more days over the summer holidays. Being awarded highly commended in the Chairman’s Challenge was the ‘icing on the cake’ of what was an extremely fun day for all involved.”
The centre was awarded £50 from the council for receiving Highly Commended and they will be using this towards continual development of the outdoor activity area for future and lasting enjoyment for families in the area.
If you would like to know more about the centre and its services please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Family-Tree-CC or telephone 01282 648001.
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- Eating Disorder Awareness Week
- New laws will make it illegal to smoke in private vehicles carrying children
- Successful Open Day at The Harbour
- Last chance to vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award!
- Launch of new talking therapies service for Lancashire
- The Harbour Open Day
- Quit Squad on hand to help smokers
- Local Nurse set to help out in Africa
- Lancashire Care supports the "Hello my name is..." campaign
- Vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award!
- Jan 2015 >
- Stay safe during party season!
- Top Tips for a Stress Free Festive Season
- Top Tips for a Stress Free Festive Season!
- Stay safe during party season
- A helping hand for parents
- A listening ear during the festive period
- The Harbour Key Ceremony - December 2014
- HIV Awareness
- Eating Disorder Services
- The Harbour is Recruiting!
- Mouth Cancer Action Month
- The Harbour Key Ceremony
- Lancashire diabetes course receives award after engaging ethnic communities
- Lancashire leads North West Stoptober sign-up
- Success at the Positive Practice Awards
- Stress Awareness Day
- Alcohol Awareness Week
- World Diabetes Day
- Nursing Times Awards 2014 Winners
- Contact Centre Hero
- Children's Mental Health Taskforce
- People's Choice Award
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Innovative new flu vaccine comes to Lancashire
- World Mental Health Day
- Community Cafe set to open at The Harbour
- People's Choice Award October 2014
- Schools encouraged to sign up to support breastfeeding
- Hypo Awareness Week
- Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline
- PLACE Assessments Success
- Sept 2014 >
- Aug 2014 >
- Jul 2014 >
- Jun 2014 >
- World No Tobacco Day
- New support group for local mums
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Support 2014
- Dementia talk at national conference
- Lancashire team lead the way in dementia research
- Lancashire team lead the way in dementia research - Dr Salman Karim
- Be Mindful
- Hear us Roar!
- Children and Families Team Wins National Award!
- Fylde and Wyre ' working together to support people with dementia
- 'You can do it!'
- Apr 2014 >
- Positive practice in mental health
- Opportunity for a local business
- Mental health helpline needs your help!
- Planting the seed for change
- Helpline for East Lancashire residents
- Watch the salt
- Parents receive NHS Excellence in Participation Award!
- Stop smoking service working to lead smokers to victory
- Free weight management programme
- New Chief Operating Officer Appointed
- 'Topping Out' at The Harbour
- System set to improve care
- Feb 2014 >
- Jan 2014 >
- Apr 2013 >
Family Centre Success
Posted on the 23rd July 2014