Hayley Cramp, a mother and beautician from Vange, Basildon, has launched Chicklets baby and toddler group together with the help of her friends and family, to provide a space where everyone can get together, socialise, learn, and build upon Vange’s strong community spirit.
Run by volunteers Chicklets provides a friendly and safe environment for babies and toddlers 0-5years to have some fun, while parents, grandparents and carers can have a cuppa and a catch up, or get involved in painting and playing.
The group meets every Thursday, 9.30-11.00am at Kent View Community Centre, £1 donation per child for refreshments.
Hayley said: “I lost mum to cancer when my son was just 5 months old, it was a difficult time, many local new parents’ groups had closed in the area, I needed support and something positive to focus on, and I knew the best way to honour her was by starting Chicklets.
“With the help of my stepfather, friends, and kind donations we were able to bring our idea to life.
“I’m thankful to the New Generations Community Group, who have supported us with a donation of £1,200 to buy much needed furniture and new equipment as our group has steadily grown from six children a week to 20.
“Everyone is welcome at Chicklets and the children build confidence, make friends.
“The adults also can make new friends, find support and find out about new activities.
“We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and Chicklets has taught me that all it takes is one good idea, three enthusiastic people, and you can create so much to benefit the community.
The New Generations project is run by parents, teachers and members of the Vange community, with support including Basildon Borough Council. It provides residents in Vange with the opportunity to design and deliver new services for their community that give children everything they need to flourish.
If you have a great idea or have time you can give to helping others, get in touch with New Generations via facebook or twitter. Find out more @Chicklets Baby and Toddler Group on facebook.