"Thanks everyone for their help and advice"

About: Butler's Hill & Broomhill Children's Centre

(as a volunteer/advocate),

As I live away from my family I really appreciated when I had my baby to be able to access a variety of baby/toddler’s groups and special workshops, as well as use the very well equipped Sensory Room at the Butler’s Hill & Broomhill Sure Start Children Centre in Hucknall. It was always nice to get to the centre and see the happy, friendly staff smiling as this made me feel at ease to talk to them and join in activities. The activities, groups and events that they put on are fun, age appropriate and really well organised. It is because of the Children's Centre that I have made many new friends.

When my son was 1 year old and my work could not offer me a part time position I decided to become a stay at home Mummy. I love being with my son but I was missing my own self-realisation and also I wanted for my son to have some opportunities to be without me.

I spoke to the Community Developer, Michelle, who offered me voluntary training and consequently a role as a Parent Liaison Champion, which I started in January 2016. I am enjoying meeting and talking to new people and giving them advice on what the Children’s Centre offers to them and Michelle is always there for me when I need her advice and support.

I would strongly recommend that everyone make use of the Children's Centre and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and advice.

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Response from Mandie Jobling, Children's Centre Co-ordinator, Sure Start Children's Centres, County Health Partnerships

Thank you for this lovely post. It is always great to hear how the Children's Centre has supported mum's like yourself to come along with their babies to activities and feel welcome.

I am equally as pleased to hear that Michelle has provided you with an opportunity to volunteer. These roles are invaluable in the centre and I am glad your enjoying it.

The sensory room is a well used resource for all the community and again enables children to enjoy a different type of sensory experience.

Thank you for sharing this story and I look forward to seeing you in the centre.

Best Wishes

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