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Awareness Week - With One Clear Aim

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

 

The borough has been a hive of activity throughout October as events have taken place to raise awareness for both Child Poverty Day (on the 16th October) and Parent’s Week (18th – 24th October). The focus of the activity was improving children’s chances in life, giving them the best start possible.

 

High levels of deprivation correlate strongly with low life expectancy, unhealthy lifestyles, poor educational attainment, high rates of worklessness, poor housing quality and high levels of crime and anti social behaviour.

 

The Child Poverty Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2010, commitments to eradicate Child Poverty by 2020.  The borough’s calendar of events promoted awareness and understanding surrounding a commitment to eradicating child poverty by 2020.

 

A number of schools and organisations took part in hosting events, such as:

 

 Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Centre, who held a ‘Celebration of Play & Learn’ course, supporting parents of children from 0-5 years old, assisting them in their child’s overall development.

 

Scott Lower School is holding ‘Family Learning – Sewing Classes’, every Monday (up until the 13th December), from 1.30pm – 4pm, and children can join their parents from 3.30 – 4pm.

 

Harrowden Middle School held ‘Strengthening Families’ taster sessions, which helped families look into ways of incorporating teenage family members into a happy, healthy family life, offering advice and mechanisms on how to deal with ‘growing pains’.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Getting young people involved in fun and educational activities is great, it’s arguably even better when parents can join in too! Both parties are able to understand each other further, due to spending quality time together. Being a parent can be challenging, and The Awareness Week also provided parents with an opportunity to discuss any issues they had surrounding parenting styles and what might work well for each individual.”

 

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