Monthly column: Free activities for families this weekend

Queen's Park family hub Image: Bedford Borough Council
Queen's Park family hub Image: Bedford Borough Council

At the heart of my manifesto was a promise for families; that I would make sure that there is a family focus on everything the council does. That’s why I am delighted that this Saturday we will be celebrating the launch of the Queens Park Family Hub as well as starting to see much-needed improvements in local playgrounds.

We know parents, carers, children and families across Bedford Borough’s communities are faced with many challenges, especially if we consider the impact of the cost of living crisis.

We must offer every child the best possible start in life, and this means also providing effective support and opportunities to meet the complex needs of our families. 

I believe Family Hubs will provide the right help at the right time for every family in our borough who needs support to navigate through parenting, from pre-birth through the infant and toddler age and all the way up to 19 years, or up to 25 for young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The Family Hub launch day is set to be a fabulous event for all the family, where you can engage in a whole host of exciting and free activities.

The day includes balloon modelling, a magic show, a bouncy castle, play-and-learn sessions and a bear hunt. I hope many families will use our Family Hubs as a one-stop shop for services, information and advice, helping local parents and carers to access the support they need, when they need it, with two Family Hubs already in place at Queens Park and Pinecones.

The Family Hubs launch event takes place at the Queens Park Family Hub on Marlborough Road (MK40 4LE) on Saturday, 9 September 2023 between 10am to 12pm.  I hope it will be an informative and enjoyable one for the whole family so mark this day in your calendar. 

At the time of writing, we are also refurbishing two popular local playgrounds, Priory Country Park and Commercial Road (also known as Sovereign’s Quay).

These new upgrades will provide improved recreational spaces for children of all ages and abilities. This fantastic project is a great example of the work the Council are doing to invest in all of Bedford Borough’s communities. With 120 play areas with facilities for toddlers, juniors and teens I know we are lucky to have great outdoor space across the borough for all to enjoy.

This is a monthly guest column provided by elected
Mayor Tom Wootton (Conservative). It is published unedited and
does not reflect the views of the Bedford Independent.