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Free family fun day in Harlow

A free day of fun and activities for children, young people and families is being held at Harlow Town Park on Wednesday, August 7 between 11am and 3pm.

Playday occurs every year on the first Wednesday in August and is a campaign held to celebrate the importance of Play in children’s lives.

Thousands of children across the UK get involved in their local community events to create friendships, build communities, and develop resilience, good health and wellbeing through play.

The day is being provided by the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, which is delivered by us in partnership with Barnardo’s on behalf of Essex County Council and NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service will be represented by a range of professionals, including Healthy Family Support Workers, Breastfeeding Specialists, School Nurses, Community Engagement Workers and volunteers.

A large array of community services will also be contributing, all of whom will be providing free advice and information as well as activities for everyone, including:

  • Hip Hop Pop – Dance sessions
  • Paringdon Sports – Boxing and exercise
  • School readiness project – School readiness activities, messy/ sensory play
  • ECFWS: Breast Feeding Support –  Celebrating International Breastfeeding World Week – giving advice on breastfeeding
  • ECFWS: Baby Area –Baby toys and an area for new mums to relax.
  • Essex Libraries – Summer Reading Challenge and activities
  • Integration Support Services – Face and Hand painting
  • ECFWS: Musical Fun/Open Mic –Jumping beans and open mic for parents and     children to showcase their singing talents
  • Essex Fire Services – Fire Engine and Fire Safety
  • Essex Police – Police Van and Uniforms for children to try on
  • Hate Crime Awareness/Community Police Team- Hate Crime Awareness
  • ECFWS: Junk Modelling –Model making from recycles resources
  • Safeguard UK- First Aid
  • Pets Corner – Talks on animals( show and tell)
  • Harlow Town park – Information about Town park services and facilities
  • Home Start – Art and Craft
  • Book area –  Story telling using props
  • Harlow Play House – Colouring competition
  • Groundwork Hertfordshire – Team of young people offering orienteering, painting rocks and basketball sporting challenge
  • Citizens Advice – Art activities
  • ECFWS: School Nurse Team – Health Information
  • ECFWS: FEEE2 Station –: Free Early Education Entitlement for two year olds (information), craft activities on numbers (focusing on maths skills outdoors)

It will also provide Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, and others, the opportunity to signpost, offer advice and support and inspire families to get involved in their local community.

Over the past couple of years, this event has attracted more than 800 people on each occasion from Harlow and the surrounding areas.

Lisa Farrell, West Essex Manager for Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this event to families, children and young people living in Harlow and the surrounding areas. We hope that everyone who attends has a fantastic day and I would especially like to thank all those who have worked extremely hard in the organising and planning of what will be a spectacular day.”

Councillor Eugenie Harvey, Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing, added: “National Play Day is always a big event in the Town Park calendar and this year will be no different. I am very much looking forward to seeing lots of families getting together in the sunshine to have fun for free and find out about some of the amazing organisations we have here in Harlow.”

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