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Sheffield parenting support group praised

Volunters from Little Sheffield, parenting support group have been praised by Nick Clegg. Photo by Zephyrtography.

Volunters from Little Sheffield, parenting support group have been praised by Nick Clegg. Photo by Zephyrtography.

A successful voluntary group has been praised by the Deputy Prime Minister for its work in supporting young Sheffield families.

Volunteers at online information service Little Sheffield were invited to meet Nick Clegg to discuss the group’s current and future plans, so it can continue to serve its more than 3,000 users.

Set up in July 2013, Little Sheffield is a forum for parents with young children where information is shared via the group’s website and on its Facebook page.

Users can highlight and discuss child-friendly events, playgroups, pushchair walks and local businesses. There is also a help centre where parents can find support.

The organisation is now looking to secure funding to continue its service which stops busy parents having to scour the internet for hours to access helpful information on local services and activities.

Kate Hayward, Little Sheffield’s founder, said: “The meeting with Nick Clegg came at a very important time for us as we try to secure Little Sheffield’s future.

“He was incredibly impressed with what we have achieved so far and is keen to support us in taking the group forward.

“We have some great plans for the next year that we believe will put Sheffield on the map for supporting young families – all we need is the funding.”

Little Sheffield came to the attention of Mr Clegg following its first Family Fun Show held at Sheffield City Hall and Barker’s Pool.

The successful event brought together more than 2,500 local residents and 40 local businesses which offer services for pregnancy, babies and young children.

Kate added: “We felt it would be much more beneficial if parents could meet local businesses and services face-to-face.

“It was such a great day –we’re thrilled with how popular it was.”

 

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