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Grandparents, parents and toddlers in Bradford are set to benefit from three new projects thanks to a share of £2500.00 from Better Start Bradford.

Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead Activity Fund has made its first awards this month to three new grandparent and parent-led projects, including a project encouraging children to grow fruit and vegetables; stay and play sessions for under twos; and a wellbeing group for parents and grandparents of very young children.

The awarded projects

New mums, babies and toddlers will benefit from Ladybird Group Stay and Play sessions at Community Works. The sessions will run for 36 weeks in term time only. The sessions will be packed full of activities and information to help new parents such as healthy eating cook and taster sessions, baby massage and story sacks.

Aiva Tuceka, Ladybird Group Co-ordinator said: “I was so excited when we got the letter saying that we had got the funding. This award means that we can give new mums a place to meet friends and we can help them communicate and play with their children and babies. We will be putting leaflets up in local centres and GP surgeries to promote the new sessions.”

Eco Babies, will be delivered by grandparents at BD4 Family. The 10-week group will encourage parents and children to learn to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The families will be able to take pots and seeds home to grow in their own gardens and eat with their families.

Mel Astin, BD4 Family project manager said: “We’re very excited to have been awarded the ‘Parents in the lead’ fund this time round. We hope the children involved in our ‘Grow your own’ Eco Babies sessions will be very happy with their free fruit and veg plants and boxes and remember to take good care of them once they’re in their own gardens. We want to encourage the toddlers in East Bowling to understand the value and importance of growing their own fruit and veg and learn how to look after them properly”

And finally, £500.00 has been granted for a 12 week Relax-time Well-being Group. The group will work with parents and grandparents of children under five to develop skills in relaxation techniques for themselves and short bedtime soothing tips for the children.

Michaela Howell, Director at Better Start Bradford said: “Congratulations to all of the projects that have received funding through Parents in the Lead. All of the projects really embrace our ambition to give Bradford children the best start in life.”

Next deadline for applications

The next deadline for applications for funding from Parents in the Lead is Wednesday 31st May 2017. Projects must be parent or grandparent-led and the project must benefit children under four and their parents.