On Saturday our Summer 2016 Play on Pedals series came to a close, with everyone earning their certificates! It was great to see evidence of so much improvement in just six short weeks, with far fewer wobbles and a lot more confidence on display. Look forward to seeing you all freewheelin' around Drumchapel! Special congratulations to Kaci, Khloe, Scott, Layla-Jane, Dylan and Beth, who all earned their pedals in the form of a nifty Play on Pedals trophy, and thanks to Cycling Scotland and The Bike Station for all their help and support
We had a busy and productive week at 3D Drumchapel, with lots of activities and a lot of fun.
On Monday, the 3D Family Afterschool Club for Langfaulds Primary got creatively messy with dough:
While earlier in the day the kids were getting moving at our MEND healthy active living session:
Monday also saw the first session of our new Baby Steps programme for promoting positive parenting:
On Tuesday we had our regular baby massage session as well as 3D Play (I play, You Play, We Play together), which saw a lot of soft play action!
On Wednesday we hosted the weekly NHS Well Baby Clinic, had a fun 3D Family Afterschool Club at Camstradden Primary, and had a friendly and successful Tea & Tots session, where parents with babies can drop in for a chat and find out useful resources:
On Thursday we had Chatter Natter, the 3D Lunch Club at Drumchapel High, the second of our weekly Baby Massage groups
As well as a lot of smiles, laughter and play at the weekly Shake, Rattle & Roll parent and toddler music and movement session:
On Friday Sarah and Elaine prepared a fantastic chicken curry for the 3D Family Lunch, one so good it got compliments from Glasgow institution Mother India!
3D Drumchapel's John Muir group ventured out to Loch Lomond and Inchcailloch Island, and had a fantastic experience learning from the rangers, building tents, making fires and exploring the beautiful countryside
A big thank you to the staff of the Drumchapel branch of the TSB for fundraising £600 for 3D Drumchapel so far this year from activities including raffles, cake sales and dress down days. This money comes through the TSB’s local charity partners for 2015 initiative. 3D Drumchapel was delighted to be chosen as the local charity of the year to support by the Drumchapel branch earlier this year.
3D Drumchapel were delighted to receive the Programmes Champion Award in recognition of 3D's partnership working with Save the Children. 150 people attended the event at Murrayfield where the awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal. The event was a great opportunity to meet other individuals and organisations involved with Save the Children and to hear more about the positive work taking place to support children and their families on a local, national and global level.
Photos courtesy of Garry McHarg and 'The Sunday Mail'
3D Drumchapel were delighted to welcome Andrea McLean from ‘Loose Women’ for a visit on Monday 2nd March as part of Comic Relief Red Nose Day. 3D has received £10,000 in funding from Comic Relief. Andrea visited our SPACE (Space for Parents and Carers Entirely) group facilitated by Marion Lindsay, Senior Children & Family Worker, and Carole Shields, one of our volunteers.
SPACE offers peer support to families who have children with additional support needs and the group is a mix of shared peer discussions and practical sessions. SPACE provides practical and emotional support to parents and helps create a support network for families within their local community. Andrea joined the SPACE group for an informal discussion to learn more about the support the group offers and some of the challenges they face as parents/ carers.
In an article for ‘The Sunday Mail’ Andrea said,
“It has been wonderful to see the benefits of the funding first-hand. Once you are a mum, you join a united club and we all need help and support in various ways.
Meeting the ladies was enjoyable because we are all the same. We might live in different parts of the country and have different circumstances but we want the best for our kids.”
Photo courtesy of Garry McHarg and 'The Sunday Mail'
Marion Lindsay said of SPACE,
“This is a smashing group. It’s a place where mothers can come and just be themselves. There can be lots of issues the Mums are dealing with and they don’t want to do that in front of their children. Our hope is when they come here they can just be themselves. There are no expectations. The mothers give each other an incredible amount of support. They laugh and cry with one another. And they give an incredible amount of good advice.”
3D was delighted to win the Team Award at the Glasgow West and Central Community Champion Awards on Wednesday 21st August 2013. The event took place at the Drumchapel Community Centre and was hosted by Tony Carlin, editor of the Evening Times. Over one hundred local people attended the ceremony which honoured groups and local people making a difference in their local communities. Lord Provost Sadie Docherty presented 3D their award saying 3D makes ‘a positive difference to so many families in the area’. The grand final will be held at the City Chambers in December.
Dads recently enjoyed a range of fun activities at 'Tuff and Rumbo'. Below are some photos:
Fishing in a tub
Leap frog race
Making frogs on a lillipad
Origami boats that float
Sessions are on Saturday morning, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm at Drumchapel Community centre. Dads with kids aged 3 - 8 are very welcome. Hope to see you there soon.
3D Drumchapel recently successfully secured funding in the Go2Play Dragons' Den. The funding is made available through Inspiring Scotland's Go2Play Partnership with the Scottish Government. Read More