Fraserburgh Early Years Forum was launched recently, when almost 30 practitioners from around the town met at Dover Lodge to start the forum.
One of the first successful projects that will be operating under the forum’s umbrella is the re-launch of a 3Bs group in a new format.
Representatives from various services including the NHS, Social Work, Community Learning and Development (CLD), Local schools, Children 1st, Grampian Police, Fraserburgh Family Centre, the Library, Speech therapists, EAL, were all keen to take part in the first meeting of the forum that will bring more partnership work across the services for the benefit of the youngest members of the local community.
The official launch of the forum was celebrated with the successful re-launch of the 3Bs group. Community Learning and Development worker, Lada Copic, the CLD’s representative at the forum said: “I am really looking forward to working with all the partners at the forum.
“We have had a very good experience working with the NHS during the last few months as they have helped give the 3Bs group a “makeover” and attracted new parents and babies.
“Last week we had 17 mums with babies attend the group and I hope this will be one of many practical results that the Early Years Forum will bring to the local community.”
Conducted by CLD team in April/May a consultation with 3Bs group members resulted in a new structure for the 3Bs group. Whilst the group had space to meet and toys to use, there was not much more for babies and their parents. Now the group is supported by CLD staff in partnership with the NHS, it has information sessions, play with your baby time, sing and rhyme time, guest speaker on a wide range of topics and space to recharge with tea/coffee. The group is for expectant families, parents and new-born babies, up to around baby’s first birthday.
Speaking to the Herald, the mums at the 3B’s said: “The group is ideal, it enables babies to interact with each other from a very early stage, enhancing socialisation skills. It also gives us the opportunity to meet up and discuss our babies development with each other, as well as providing the opportunity to make new friends. Anyone with a baby under 18 months would be most welcome to come along and join us.”
The 3Bs meet every Monday at the Community Centre, Alexandra Terrace from 10am. For further information or to join, the 3Bs, contact the Broch Community Centre on 01346 518788.