A DIAMOND jubilee picnic for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) will be held in Bromsgrove this Sunday (August 21) by the town’s branch of the charity.
The event, at 1pm at Sanders Park, is free and will feature a host of activities as the group celebrates the organisation’s 60th anniversary and raises awareness of the services it offers to parents and parents-to-be.
Among the events going on will be a lucky dip, outdoor games and a treasure hunt.
Participants, who are urged to pack themselves a picnic, will be able to meet Bromsgrove NCT volunteers and find out more about the group.
New mums and dads and their babies and toddlers, along with expectant parents, and older siblings are all welcome to the event.
The party is also an opportunity for NCT members old and new to get together and socialise, including those who first became involved when the branch was set up.
NCT Bromsgrove encourages parents-to-be and new mums and dads in the area to meet and support each other.
The branch’s volunteers provide practical and emotional support and run Nearly New Sales, a Bumps and Babies group, Toddler Tuesdays, baby and child First Aid sessions and issue a regular newsletter ‘Baby Banter’.
Local mum and NCT Bromsgrove branch co-ordinator, Crystal Weber, said: “The NCT was created in 1956 with the aim that all new and expectant parents should feel supported, informed and confident and this remains at the heart of what we do today.
“We hope that different generations of local parents will get together at our picnic, swap stories and make friends.
“It’s also a chance for our branch and volunteers to celebrate our achievements and history as we look forward to expand our reach to even more parents in the future.”
The money raised by the Diamond Jubilee Tea Parties will be used by the branch to improve its local services and events.
Visit www.nct.org.uk/branches/bromsgrove for more on Bromsgrove’s NCT branch.
Among the NCT’s achievements over the last 60 years are helping parents give birth confidently, introducing the first ante-natal classes to the UK – that was in 1959, and preparing 100,000 new parents for birth and parenthood.
It also campaigned for partners to be part of proceedings in the delivery room, improved maternity services and has promoted breastfeeding in public places.
Although it is known the national NCT is 60 years old, it is unclear when the Bromsgrove branch was started.
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