Parents with young children in Newsham who are stuck for something to do over the summer holidays are being invited to a series of family craft events.

Organised as part of the Newsham Community Matters project the events will take place on August 23rd and 30th at St Bede’s Hall, and are aimed at younger children and their parents.

The free, drop-in sessions will include craft activities and games and will run from 2pm-4pm. Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company will be coming along to the session on to the 30th to run workshops for children and put on a performance.

The Newsham Community Matters project was developed by the council earlier this year, after the council canvassed opinion in the community about what they would like to see developed.

With the help of a £26,000 grant from NE Procurement, weekly courses and activities were developed with the aim of improving the lives of people in the area.

The project focuses on three themes, IT Matters, such as help with job applications and benefit claims; Practical Matters, such as First Aid, tenancy advice and confidence building, Craft Club and Newsham Natters Lunch Club and Family Matters, such as cooking on a budget and healthy lifestyle advice. Courses are held weekly at the Church of Yahweh, St Bede’s Church Hall and The Pavilion in Newsham.

A community group has now been set up as charitable trust to take the project forward.

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