Coleraine Sure Start Partnership hosted the Health and Wellbeing Fair in the Lodge Hotel on March 9.
The Fair was open to all local parents who lived in a Sure Start area with roughly 50 mums, dads, grannies and children in attendance.
Surestart provided families with information on all sorts of topics, antenatal, postnatal, parenting programmes, speech and language support, play and breastfeeding.
There were 20 different exhibitors who displayed what they have on offer to local parents.
Halfords gave parents information on the new car seat legislation, Home Safety Officer David Adams from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council offered parents free blind safety clips, Tesco gave out a variety of snacks and Smyth’s Baby Needs gave advice on latest prams on the market.
Many other organisations were on hand to give guidance on mental health, debt advice, eye health and food banks.
The little ones got the opportunity to experience an example of Sure Start’s play activities that happen in their weekly programmes and home visits; a sensory starry lit dark den, homemade pasta music maker and a reading time comfy area.
Everyone got a welcome goodie bag filled with different treats for the family along with the chance to be entered into a prize draw. Thanks to everyone who came along and to all the stall holder organisations who took the time to set up and stay.
If you would like any further information about Sure Start, contact them on 028 7032 1032.
Sure Start is a government initiative aimed at children aged 0-4 years and their families.
They say: “Because the early years are so important in a child’s development, Sure Start aims to deliver ‘joined-up’ services for families, based in local communities to ensure easily accessible services. Services are provided through a holistic approach bringing health, early education and family support together.”