Mums, dads and their toddlers are invited to join a new family centre trial in Llanelli’s St Elli Centre to gauge the interest and need for courses, workshops and activities in the longer-term.
Mandy Bowness, a co-ordinator of Felinfoel Family Centre just outside Llanelli, and three helpers will be in the shopping centre (next to The Yankee Shop) each Friday this month to explain all the services, advice and activities provided by the family centre and is running the sessions in St Elli for pre-school youngsters as a pilot which is funded by Carmarthenshire Communities First.
The group will set up in the pyramid area of St Elli to chat and provide free coffee for parents to judge the level of support for permanent or more regular get-togethers.
Mandy, who lives in Llanelli and has been associated with the family centre for 11 years, felt the facilities at Felinfoel might not be easily accessible to some parents in Llanelli and who might like to see drop-in baby and toddler facilities provided closer to home.
“It’s our aim that people will find our play activities, discussions, adult courses and workshops, outings and day trips and other special days during the year beneficial and hopefully the new group will inject new life into Llanelli town centre as I have noticed quite a decline in some facilities in recent years,” said Mandy.
Mandy said the helpers would try to assess interest for the longer term and take a headcount of those who stopped to chat and take part before deciding on a more permanent arrangement in St Elli or another location in the town centre.
Andrew Stephens, St Elli’s centre manager said: “The initiative would be an ideal fit for St Elli given that our focus is very much on the community and family friendly shopping. We hope the trial is a great success and one that results in a more long term arrangement.”