Best Start Communities Count

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!

For the latest information about Toddler Groups and activities please follow the Facebook Page for your area:

Manor Castle
Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne
Darnall & Tinsley
Shiregreen & Brightside

Contact Information

If you wish to get in touch with Best Start, are interested in Volunteer Training, joining the Community Partnership Board, or would like to be added to our email list so that you don’t miss out on free activities in your area, please contact:


Our office telephone number: 07495 965 429 – please note this is only checked on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

If you have an urgent enquiry please phone or text Fiona on 07507072134.

Invoice Address:

Best Start Communities Count,
Regen 35,
99 Parkway Avenue,
S9 4WG