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Family Centre Success

Posted on the 23rd July 2014

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 or telephone 01282 648001.