When I first set up Movers and Shakers 7 years ago, all our classes were provided free of charge to parents and carers, and funded by local Sure Start Children’s Centres! The subsequent recession put an end to that and now it is very rare for us to run any ‘funded’ sessions at all.
We do have an ‘inclusivity’ policy that means we do our best to make sure our sessions are affordable for everyone – we manage this without skimping on quality by choosing venues that charge low or no rent so we can pass on the saving to parents, and also by not making parents pay for a full term of classes. This means that parents on a budget can opt to go to one Movers and Shakers class a month, for example, rather than miss out.
I was really delighted when I received a call from Highgate Newtown Community Centre during the summer hols asking if we would run a weekly session at their lovely venue, which would be funded by the centre and offered completely free to parents and carers! Isn’t that fantastic?
The classes are going really well and there is room for more – so please come along and find us there – and let anyone you know who lives near that venue. We are there every Thursday 1 – 1.30 for babies up to 18 months old. Families are then welcome to stay for their relaxed drop in with advice from 1.30 – 3pm.
We hope to see you there soon!