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On 16 July, Community First’s Leigh Park Community Centre opened its ‘Park Play’ and Café. With around 100 people attending the Open Day and the lovely feedback received from those who came along, it was clear it was going to be popular. A quote from one visitor: “You can tell that every inch of this place has been designed with the local community at heart; a friendly atmosphere, staff from the local area, affordable prices, handmade drinks and snacks. It is just what Leigh Park needs.”
The Heart of the Park Café is now open 9:30am-2:30pm every day serving baguettes, paninis, kids meal deals and speciality grade coffee all at affordable prices for the community of Leigh Park to enjoy.
Alongside the café, the Centre opened ‘Park Play’ a preschool stay and play session for just £1.50 a child. Park Play is open 10am-12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 12:30pm-2:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays. Park Play is full of role play toys, soft play, crafts, games, books, a baby corner, and ride on toys perfect for 0-5 year olds. Centre Co-ordinator Leah Moore says “Don’t worry. The older kids haven’t been forgotten this Summer holiday. If the craft table isn’t their thing, Park Play also offers free wifi!”
On 29 July an instructor from Matt Fiddes Martial Arts taught the kids some moves and they were able to try some of their equipment. Park Play welcomes organisers of other groups or classes to come along to run a free 30 minute taster at one of the sessions to showcase all of the wonderful things offered by our Community.
The Heart of the Park Café and Park Play are a social enterprise, with the start up funded by Big Lottery Fund and managed by Community First’s supported volunteering project Positive Pathways. It is a training facility and many of the staff are volunteers, new to employment, or returning to work. It will support people to develop new skills, gain work experience, develop confidence and provide a route to employment or further training, as well as providing a place for the community of Leigh Park to enjoy.