Working with Forever Manchester’s Community Builder, Lisa Brown, parents on the St Mary’s estate in Oldham set up an amazing breakfast club designed to bring people together to share food and have fun.

The group worked with Lisa to discover and use their own skills and talents to run a club that’s being led by the community for the community, and the results have been amazing. Over the summer of 2016 the club was attended by over 40 families, ran a number of craft and play sessions, been on days out and brought people together who had not previously been friends. Inspired to do as much as they could, a number of the group have enrolled on local college courses to learn more about running play sessions, health and safety and all of the other things they need to take the club to the next level.

The parents are keen to do more where they live. The group now plans to continue over future school holidays and the parents are setting up a ‘Term Time Tots Group’ during term time so they can continue to get together. The mums have also found an interest in netball and are planning to form a team, and one of the mums that came to the club volunteers at a local gymnastics club which is now being attended by some of the breakfast club kids.

Club organiser Netty said: “I would like to start off with saying a big thank you from me, the girls, and all the kids in the breakfast club for the funds to do some amazing things with the kids. Without the club I wouldn’t have met the wonderful people I’ve met at the centre. I’ve made some life-long friends and forever memories and that’s what it’s about for me.”