Wednesday 5th August was National Playday and we reflected on how important free activities in communities are.

On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Tiny Tots Group is run a voluntary playgroup for parents and young children within the local community of Tameside. The group embraces the diversity of local residents and welcomes everyone to the sessions, which provides respite for the parents, as well as socialising for both the parents and children.

Tiny Tots is a voluntary project at the heart of the community that strives to continue even when core services end. They have a wide range of children and adults, reflecting the diverse society of Tameside. The group embraces their diversity and welcomes everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or religious beliefs.

The group is the only remaining toddler group in the area and is entirely ran by volunteers.

One user of the group said: “The group is very important as it provides a secure place for parents and carers to take their children, which is extremely good value for money. Children have access to a wide range of toys and books and there are activities conveying all major events during the year. Children are always given a healthy snack as part of the entrance fee and at Christmas all children get a small gift from Santa. Parents and carers have a chance to talk and discuss issues they may have as their is a wealth of support from other parents who have an understanding of issues they may be facing. For some parents it is the only opportunity for their children to interact with others which is a valuable skill for them to learn. I think it is very important that the group should receive funding as it will enable them to continue the provision for families within the neighbourhood.”

Groups like Tiny Tots Group allows children to use their imaginations and minds to their fullest from a young age, as well as engaging with their parents.

The group also gives parents the opportunity to sit back and allow children to socialise with other children their age, which improves their social skills, confidence and general wellbeing. Playing is a great way for children to build relationships at a young age, so groups like this are vital in areas across Greater Manchester.

If you’d like to help a group like Tiny Tots, DONATE TODAY to make a real difference in your area.