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Bromley parenting group facing closure

Kulbir Conner with Ethan, 2, and Evette Gibbs and six-month-old Charlotte

Kulbir Conner with Ethan, 2, and Evette Gibbs and six-month-old Charlotte

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»Popular drop-in sessions for babies and toddlers are under threat because of a shortage of volunteers.

The Bumps, Babies and Little Bees groups, held by parenting group National Childbirth Trust each Tuesday at the United Reformed Church in Widmore Road, Bromley, help around 25 families each week.

The sessions have been led for the past three years by volunteer co-ordinator Cath Narracott and cost just £1.50 a session. Unusually for parenting groups, they also run throughout the summer holidays.

Ms Narracott now has to step down due to family commitments and the group needs a new helper otherwise it will be forced to close.

Solicitor Kulbir Conner, 35, who is expecting her second child, said: “This is a necessity as there is nothing similar nearby.

“It is really valued. It helps build your confidence meeting other mums as it shows that there are people in the same situation as you. I have made loads of friends there.

“It would be a great loss for Bromley if it has to close. If I wasn’t expecting my second child I would like to do it. We really need somebody who can just spare a few hours.”

Commitment

The work would involve putting toys out and clearing them away, making refreshments, cleaning and replacing toys when necessary and chatting to new parents.

NCT branch chairman for Bromley and Chislehurst, Emma Martin, said: “The group really helps new parents feel less isolated because it provides an affordable and informal way of meeting other local families.

“It would be wonderful if we could find somebody to commit to giving a few hours a week so this valuable service can continue.”

The role would require a commitment of around three hours a week but could be shared by two volunteers.


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