The Best Start team is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a Lottery Community Fund grant of £346,000 for their new project, Best Start Communities Count too (BSCCtoo) which will run until 2022. The 3 year project aims to alleviate some of the key challenges faced by families living in our area by providing a range of activities and support for parents and carers of children age 5 and under.

Many families in Manor & Castle and Norfolk Park & Arbourthorne, are dealing with issues relating to isolation as well as the practical difficulties of cooking healthy food or accessing activities on a low income. The first Best Start Communities Count project successfully built up a network of volunteers and Parent & Toddler Groups across the area, and now we will build on that work to offer parents the chance to socialise, learn new cooking and budgeting skills and be confident in their own knowledge and expertise to give their young children the best possible start.

We will also be working with Gilbert Court Independent Retirement Living and Manor Lodge School to establish intergenerational activity sessions that our parents and toddlers can take part in. This innovative project is expected to bring huge benefits to residents, children and parents. It has been shown that interacting with young children decreases loneliness for the older generation, bringing health benefits too by delaying mental decline and lowering blood pressure. The children and parents also benefit from connecting with older people, improving cross generational understanding and a shared sense of community. We’re expecting everyone to have lots of fun and make new friends!

BSCCtoo currently has 7 Parent & Toddler Groups running across our area during term time, see below for times. Look for ‘Manor Castle Communities Count’ on Facebook for the latest news on our other events and activities.

Spires ToddlersMondays12.30pm – 2.30pm600 Eastbank Road
Sheffield S2 2AN
St Swithun’s ToddlersTuesday9.15am – 11.15am2 Cary Road
Sheffield S2 2 1JP
St Aidan’s ToddlersTuesday10am – 12am2 Manor Lane
Sheffield S2 2 1UF
English Institute of Sport ToddlersTuesday12.30pm – 2pmColeridge Road
Sheffield S9 5DA
Wybourn Children’s Centre ToddlersWednesdays9.15am – 11.15am224 Manor Oaks Rd
Sheffield S2 5ED
St John’s ToddlersThursdays9.30am – 11.30amBernard Street
Sheffield S2 5PU
Wybourn Children’s Centre ToddlersFridays9.15am – 11.15am224 Manor Oaks Rd
Sheffield S2 5ED