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Jump Street launches Tots parties and extra sessions
Jump Street, Colchester’s popular trampoline park, launched Jump Tots sessions for toddlers in March. From 6th June they will be offering Tots birthday parties during these Tots sessions, and rolling out additional Tots sessions in the afternoon.

During term time, the ‘Jump Tots’ sessions will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am – 11am and 11am – 12pm and on Tuesdays 1-2pm and Thursdays 2-3pm. During these sessions, when the park is exclusively for toddlers up to and including five years old, it’s now possible to book a Jump Tots party with catering and a party room.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and each one-hour session costs £5 per person plus £1.75 for the regulation non-slip socks – which can be reused on subsequent visits. Tots Parties available from £11 per head.

The extra sessions and party packages have been rolled out in response to increasing demand from parents of younger children.

Tony Hudson, GM at Jump Street, said: “We are so grateful to the parents and Tots for their unrelenting support. We listen to all the feedback and requests we receive and where possible, we will act on it. On this occasion, we’re really looking forward to enabling more little ones to visit Jump Street and give parents another option to choose from when the little ones need to get out and get active.”

For more information and to book visit http://www.jumpstreet.co.uk

The Pride of Essex Awards 2014

Pride of Essex Awards

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The Pride of Essex Awards recognises and rewards the achievements and the courage of adults and children who overcome adversity and who make a difference to the lives of others and to the community.

If you know a child or adult who has overcome adversity or just given their best for the community, or a group which has made an outstanding achievement, you can nominate them for an award by going to the Pride of Essex Awards website www.prideofessexawards.org.

There are four categories. Each category will have four highly commended as well as an award winner. All will receive acknowledgements and rewards.

The Directa Ultimate Award and the Susie Cornell Award recognise and reward adults and children who have overcome adversity. The Blue Strawberry Unsung Hero Award recognises and rewards exceptional care in the community.  The SL Caravans Community Champion Award recognises outstanding community achievement and fundraising.

The awards are now open to receive nominations which can be made either online or by post to  ‘P.O.E ‘ , c/o Directa UK Ltd, Cold Norton, Essex CM3 6UA.

For further information contact awards chairman Dave Dennison on  01621 828882 or email davidd@directa.co.uk

Have you considered adoption and do you live in Essex?

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Adoption Service are calling for potential adoptive parents from across Essex to come forward.

 

Can you make a difference?

 

Adopted children may have had a difficult start to life. Sometimes, adopted children’s early needs may have gone unmet and all will have experienced some form of trauma. Many have suffered abuse or neglect, all have been separated from their birth families and all have spent time in the care system. Many will have grown up feeling unsafe, uncared for and alone.

 

We need parents who are able to offer a child the love, care, time and understanding within a framework of boundaries and consistency to meet these children’s needs into adulthood and beyond.

 

Well cared for children will grow up feeling comfortable safe and loved.

 

There are many myths surrounding adoption, however, you can still adopt a child and give them the upbringing they deserve if you are single, homosexual, already have a family of your own, have a disability, have a modest income or consider yourselves ‘older parents’. All you need is space, time and love for a new child and the determination to stick through the process of building a strong relationship.

 

Barking and Dagenham

 

Barking and Dagenham Council is currently looking to find families for 30 children waiting for a home. They are holding a number of informal open information sessions where you can meet members of the adoption team and an adoptive parent and have all of your questions answered.

 

The 30 children include siblings such as siblings, Sophia and Eddie who are full siblings and are happy children. They are very close and enjoy playing together. Sophia is seven years old and Eddie is just five years old. Sophia and Eddie also have many friends at school and are very sociable children. Their general health is good and there are no concerns regarding their development.

 

*Names have been changed to protect the children’s identities.

 

 

A Happy Ending

 

Joanne,* single adopter shared “I adopted my daughter when she was 4. The adoption team at Barking and Dagenham were very welcoming. I was open minded and wanted to find out if I was right for adoption and adoption was right for me.

 

“As a single adopter I found that there were more couples than singles at the adoption workshops but I expected this and never felt discriminated against.  I have to sing the team’s praises as my little girl was a great match. For me adoption has been a very good experience.”

 

*The adopter’s name has been changed for privacy

 

The upcoming event will be held on:

 

Saturday 5 July 2014, 2pm to 4pm, Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS

 

For information about adoption or to reserve your place at this event please call 020 8227 5555. To apply or find out about future information events please visit www.lbbd.gov.uk/adoption