"What Sure Start is doing on my street"

About: Mansfield & Ashfield

(as the patient),

I live in Kirkby in Ashfield and when I started going to Sure Start I often wondered why other parents from my street didn't access Sure Start centres.

Then when I became a volunteer for Sure Start I wanted to help to try and see why parents wouldn't come to the group. When Sure Start did a event on the park on my street and it was successful, I came up with a list of ideas that we could do on the park so the parents could have like a toddler group and Marie and the child care workers also do a group for 5-12 year olds after school where they recently did a play to show to parents and other Sure Start staff members.

I gave this list to one of the family health and support workers that was going to set up a group on Mayfield street. The group has been running since September and I have been gathering some feedback from parents off the street.

I asked them some questions:

1. Why didn't you attend any sure start groups until Mayfield group started?

2. Are you enjoying the group and if so what do you like about it?

3. what would you like sure start to do in the future on Mayfield street?

4. if there was any courses to run down on the street what would you like?

Here's the answers I got to the questions:

1. I could go to groups because I am a career for my disabled husband as well as look after my kids. Its too far to walk, I feel uncomfortable going to groups on my own, my working hours change from 1 week to the next, groups start to early in a morning and when my little girl is at nursery in afternoon and group is in a morning its hard to get home after a group and walk up to nursery in time.

2. I enjoy it because its only over the road, my kids love it, the older kids have got a good relationship with staff, I like it because I don't have to walk far and everyone is really friendly.

3. I would like to see a group for 12+, the 5-12 group to be on for bit longer other than an hour and more events on the park.

4. I would like a child care course to do if its only across park, craft course and any course that you can get to do down here.

These answers are from 4 parents that live on the street and access the Mayfield group. For me, to do what the staff has done is amazing and is benefiting the children on the street. It is slowly making the street into a fantastic little community.

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Response from Karon Foulkes, General Manager, Sure Start, Health Partnerships - Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Thank you for letting us know about the impact of the work of the Sure Start team on Mayfield Street.

You are obviously a key part of that team and much of that success is down to your involvement in being a good advocate and role model for Sure Start. I am impressed with the research you have undertaken. It takes courage to ask people what they think in a formal way-especially if they know you!

I know from Tina the Children Centre Coordinator that she is keen to take the work on Mayfield Street further particularly in working with others to support the young people to have more opportunities and do more for themselves. I thought the show sounded like a really amazing event and shows the skills and potential of the children and young people.

Community spirit is a great thing to have and can make a real difference so I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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