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Intensive Babysitting Course with the South City Locality Team

Three young women in years 9 and 10 participated in a 4 day course with youth workers from the South City Locality Team to learn about babysitting and child care. Each young woman was also given a virtual baby that they were responsible for, day and night to gain some insight into the responsibilities, challenges and pressures of caring for a baby and the impact this has on peers their age. Despite 3 sleepless nights, and 4 restless days, the young women passed the British Red Cross ‘Looking After Other People’s Children’ course, which enabled them to learn about babysitting expectations, fire safety, first aid, health and safety, disability and dealing with challenging babysitting situations. The group also explored the importance of a healthy pregnancy and the effects of smoking, drugs and alcohol exposure. The young women discussed what they felt was important before starting a family, such as a stable relationship, money and a career. To finish off the course, the young women embarked on a bowling and Pizzahut trip to celebrate, babies in hand!

If you would like more information about enrolling on this intensive course or the 10 week babysitting programme, please contact Sophie Smith on 07824 529788 or email

Thorpe Way Rec 2 Rec with the South City Locality Team

Following on from the Trumpington and Nightingale Rec 2 Rec projects, we ended the summer programme at Thorpe Way, with sports, arts, crafts and much more!

The young people got actively involved with the activities, including football, badminton and basketball games and competitions; arts and crafts, such as Dip It Fantasy Film, sequin art and plaster casting.

On Tuesday, we had a visit from the Rock 2 Roll mobile climbing wall which, despite the rain, did not deter the young people from facing their fears and giving it a go.

Wednesday saw ‘Big Wednesday’ in partnership with CHYPPS, offering a whole day of activities from face painting, balloon art and a visit from the Raptor foundation.

On Thursday we took 7 young people from Abbey and Barnwell to the UAP base at Cherry Hinton Hall for a day of woodcraft activities, including fire building, cooking on the campfire and building a shelter.

On Friday we had a BBQ to celebrate the week, but the torrential rain wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits. We managed to take shelter in the large tent we erected with the young people and ran arts activities within, with the exception of our BBQ chef, Mal, who stood out in the rain to cook for us (thanks Mal).

With thanks to everyone who made the week so fantastic and came by to see us and get involved.


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