The sun was shining and hundreds gathered for a free community fun day that took place in Frinton-on-Sea last Thursday 25thJuly, that was open to all residents and visitors in the local and surrounding areas.
The event was staged by Frinton Beach Hut Association, working in partnership with the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service and Tendring District Council (TDC) with the focus on ‘Keeping Children Safe’.
Taking place on Frinton’s Greensward, a whole range of free activities including amazing face painting by Doll Face Painting and a variety of stalls were on offer, as well as demonstrations from Heel to Toe Footcare, The Frinton Theatre, Hearts in Harmony Choir, Fitstep and local musicians.
Visitors were kept physically and mentally active with pop up tennis, golf, cricket and even sack races ensuring everyone remained energised – as well as hot! A Children’s quiz encouraged families to speak to exhibitors, each providing key safety and wellbeing messages, as well as support and information regarding activities available within the local community over the summer holidays.
Becky, a local mum, said: “I loved the quiz, my children aged three and eight are usually so shy and don’t speak up for themselves, today is the first time they’ve enjoyed chatting with stall holders, the incentive to complete the quiz to get a free sports bottle was such a great idea.”
Essex Libraries helped to spread the word about the importance of reading and managed to sign up more children to the summer reading scheme than in previous years.
Essex Police, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service and the Tendring Community Safety Partnership (CSP) were in attendance demonstrating to the younger generation how to contact emergency services, what’s appropriate and what’s not in day-to-day life and helped families take on board key messages to keep them safe and engaged in activities in the local community over the summer holidays.
The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service spoke to families about sun awareness and beach safety and promoted the range of services they offer, including early help and support with raising children to ensure they reach their full potential.
The RNLI attended to discuss water safety and the importance of respecting the sea, particularly relevant at this time of the year when our lovely seafronts and beaches are well used and enjoyed by local residents and large numbers of visitors to Frinton.
Hayley Hill, Outcome Measures Performance and Quality Lead for Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service said “We were pleased to support the Frinton Beach Hut Association with this event, it was a great opportunity to give families key messages about keeping children safe at the seaside and easy access to information about our service and how they can get involved in groups and volunteering at our Family Hubs.”
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