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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

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

Love Essex – The first of its kind as an Essex-wide anti-litter campaign.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES across the county are taking a unique approach to tackling litter, joining forces with three fast food giants to launch the first Pan-Essex ‘Clean Essex Campaign’.

All 14 Essex local authorities supported by Keep Britain Tidy, Essex County Council RP2 media and The Highways Agency will work alongside McDonalds, KFC and Dominos to raise awareness of litter and the risk of fines for those that offend.

The first time a campaign of this type has been run, the drive against litter will see the fast food chains promoting anti-litter messages backed up by local activities and enforcement through the local Essex authorities.

Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Place at Braintree District Council said: “Street cleansing alone costs taxpayers over £17 million a year in Essex, money which frankly could be better spent.

“Every council has their own campaigns, ways of reporting and levels of enforcement, but now for the first time we will be joining forces to really tackle the issue head on and raise awareness across Essex.

“I am delighted that the businesses have agreed to support the campaign, as they have an important role to play and we hope this will lead to other businesses supporting the campaign in the future”

The campaign will see all McDonald’s, KFC and Dominos franchises across the county taking part and helping to raise awareness.

Cherry Lewis Taylor, Franchisee at McDonalds added: “’It’s vital that everyone takes responsibility for tackling litter.  From local businesses like mine to communities and the residents of Essex, we should all make a commitment to help protect our local environment and keep it clean.

“Through this campaign, supported by our restaurants’  ‘Love Where You Live’ clean up events and daily litter patrols, we want to generate awareness of the issues, promote education on how best to dispose of rubbish and encourage everyone to act responsibly and pull together. Through our partnership with local authorities and other businesses throughout Essex, I am excited that this type of initiative will really start to make a difference in changing people’s behaviours.’

The Clean Essex campaign has also gained national support with Keep Britain Tidy supporting the joint approach to litter awareness.

Phil Barton, Chief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy said: “The Clean Essex partnership, where local authorities, businesses and communities are working together to tackle the problem of litter, is setting a fantastic example.

“No single organisation, charity or business can solve the problem of litter in isolation and to see all 14 Essex authorities coming together, with support from Essex County Council, Fast Food restaurants and Keep Britain Tidy, to run a campaign across the county is exactly the approach we need to see at a regional and national level.

“The bill for cleaning up litter in England is now close to £1billion a year and this is a price that we can’t keep paying.

“Essex has realised that, by coming together, they can make a difference and we commend them for their leadership and focus.”

For more information about the campaign visit http://www.braintree.gov.uk.

 

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