Best Start Communities Count is a Big Lottery funded project delivering a range of family based activities focusing on those with children under five. The project aims to harness the enthusiasm of local people to work together and improve the life for young families in the Manor Castle, Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne, Darnall & Tinsley, Shiregreen & Brightside areas of Sheffield.
Our Project Manager, Sarah Newton and Community Development Worker, Fiona Spotswood work with a team of dedicated Early Years Practitioners to establish accessible toddler groups within these communities and to train parent volunteers to help keep these groups going and become self-sustaining long into the future.
Best Start Communities Count also organise school holiday activities for the whole family, including trips to the seaside, cook and eat sessions, fun days and discos. Alongside this we provide creative activities and courses just for parents – with free crèche spaces available for childcare.
Many of the activities are directed by input from the community and we welcome as many parents and local representatives onto the Community Partnership Board as possible. Please do get in touch if you want to get involved as your voice matters!