MASKK have supported projects across our area for many years now, some of them in Wybourn. We were involved in the launch of the Memory Point park which brought more play potential to Wybourn and then last year at the launch of the Pat Midgley Community Hub. A new community centre built by Great Places but many years in the planning by local people.
At these events and more local parents shared their concerns about the lack of activities for children living on the estate. The Corner House Group and Best Start do some, but parents have to attend with them. The children were wanting things they can attend without their parents to develop independence.
Yes some can travel and do attend other MASKK activities, Pinders Dance Classes or are part of the local Scout Group, but for some the distance is a barrier.
In 2022 MASKK with funding from Manor and Castle Development Trust and Great Places were commissioned to run a short course, Discovering Play, for local people to learn more about engaging children through Play and Playwork. We delviered this in the Pat Midgley Community Hub to 12 local people, parents, who all wanted more for their children. This course was the first batch of our new programme that aims to upskill and empower local people to takle the lack of activities themselves. The participants were even invited to meet the Lord Mayor of Sheffield to recieve their certificates.
Following on from this MASKK held an information session in the Feburary half term for people to come and meet us and discuss volunteering opportunities and the potential of creating the new kids club. 8 local people came along and signed up and Wybourn Kids Club was born.
The volunteers set about making plans and preparation. Great Places offered us the use of the Pat Midgley Community Hub for free and Pitsmoor Adventure Playground in Partnership with Sheffield City Council provided a Play Kit worth £2,000. The MASKK Trustees agreed to support the project with our Co-ordinator each week and cover the training, insurance and provide some resources too.
The next step for the volunteers was a fundraiser to raise money for snacks and consumables and so a jumble sale was planned. Thanks to the generosity of local people we raised £240.07.
On Thursday 13th April we then held a drop in event for local children and their parents to come and meet the team, learn more about what the club aimed to do and to sign their children up. Due to the size of the building we have a limit of 24 children per session, but on that drop in event we had 21 children signed up and a further 3 that week.
Since then we’ve been open 3 sessions and enjoyed activities including clay modling, mood sand, baking biscuits, arts & crafts, limbo, spinning plates and much more. We have had a large number of families contact us about spaces too, so we will do our best to create more.
We have started applying for funding to help us develop the club, perhaps even extra sessions so more children can benefit. We will be devliering another Discovering Play course in the area and will be running a Level 1 accredited course and pediactric first aid for the volunteers and hopefully new ones to.
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