If you went down to the park on Friday, you were sure of a big surprise – and a fabulous, free family fun day that showcased the services on offer for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youngest residents! Enjoy the picture special
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic returned to YnysangharadWarMemorial Park in Pontypridd on Friday, welcoming hundreds of tots from across the county borough, as well as their parents and carers.
The successful event, which this year had a Commonwealth Games theme and was officially opened by Mayor Cllr John Watts, is organised by the Council’s Early Years and Family Information Service to not only offer a great day out to children and young people, but to ensure they are aware of the services that are on offer to them.
So, while the children had great fun making masks, sunhats, paintings, sand sculptures and more, parents, carers, teachers and childminders found out more about Language and Play and essential information and support from agencies and services including Menter Iaith, Clych Meithrin, Homestart, Women’s Aid, Training and Adult Education, School Admissions and Attendance and Wellbeing.
Cllr Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Children’s Champion, said: “Hundreds of our youngest residents, their parents, grandparents and carers had a great day out at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
“The event was a huge success and my thanks go to the Early Years and Family Information Service teams who worked really hard to make it lots of fun, so the children could get involved and be entertained while their parents and carers secured the information and support they need.
“There is such a huge range of services on offer for families in Rhondda Cynon Taf and it was great that they were fully showcased at this event. We want our families to be able to have fun and flourish together and by providing services, support and information on topics such as raising a family, budgets and household finances and eating healthily we are doing all that we can to ensure this is the case.
“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is organised in such a way that it is engaging, interactive and a great day out – so families pick up lots of useful information as they play, sing and dance.”
For those who couldn’t make it on the day, there is no need to fret. Our friendly, knowledgeable Family Information Service is on hand to share information and showcase the services on offer. Find out more by visiting the Family Information Service or call 0800 180 4151 FREEPHONE from landlines / 0300 111 4151 FREEPHONE from mobiles.