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Young people, children and babies

Charlbury Community Centre aims to provide facilities and activities for young people, from babies right through to young adults. The Thomas Gifford Room is our “Youth Room” and has been kitted out with things we hope will make it a hub for young people. There are bean bags, a large screen and black-out blinds, free WiFi, charging stations and iPads available to borrow. There is a table tennis and pool table. And there may be times set aside when it is quiet for people who want to get on with their homework. And of course there is the café for refreshments. The back door leads straight out onto Nineacres recreation ground with its sports fields and children’s play area.

School Holiday Activities

Each half term holiday we offer multi-sport activity sessions for children of primary school age, run by qualified coach, Paul Quibell-Smith, who works extensively with this age group.

In October half-term we will have two mulitsport sessions:

  • Tuesday 23rd October, 2-4pm
  • Thursday 25th October, 2-4pm

Cost £10 per child per session. Please come a few minutes early and bring clean indoor sports shoes to change into (to avoid damage to our expensive floor!). You can book in advance to secure a place as we limit this to 20 children – you will be asked to pay on booking, which can be done over the phone (811878).

Term-Time  Sports Activity Clubs

From September 2018, these will be changing. We will offer three sessions – one on a Monday and two on a Thursday in term time. All sessions cost only £3 for the hour. No need to book:

  • Mondays 4-5pm football coaching  this will have alternate weeks with one week for girls in years 5 and 6 and the next week for mixed Under5’s and Under 6’s. Starting with the older girls on 10th September, then younger mixed group on 17th.
  • Thursdays 4-5pm multi-sports for people aged 8-11
  • Thursdays 5-6pm Basketball Club for people aged 11+

Youth Clubs

  • Open sessions for young people of secondary school age – Fridays 7-9pm. Only £1 per session

Young people can use the sports hall (for the first hour) and the Thomas Gifford Room to meet up with others and chill out in their own space. There is a table tennis table, pool table, board games and a large screen TV to show movies and sport.  We welcome ideas about what else young people would like to have available for their sessions. For further information, or to volunteer to help with these sessions please contact Margie: mglasgow@theridgegroup.com

Following the success of Friday night youth club, we are now in a position of having to limit numbers for safeguarding purposes. Therefore please be aware that numbers will be limited to the first 35 young people arriving at the centre. Youth Club runs every Friday (except bank holidays) from 7pm to 9pm (notice new closing time), with sports activities in the sports hall for the first hour and is open to young people attending secondary school.

Activities for Under-5s

*Not running in the october half term i.e. cancelled for 23rd and 24th October 2018*

  • Bump-to-Two: Tuesdays 10-11am. A social group for mums to be and new parents and carers with their babies. Designed Pregnancy pictureto enable/encourage new parents to meet and support each other, while their babies can enjoy a social setting in a comfortable and welcoming space. The group welcomes all expectant mums, parents and carers, and babies up to 24 months. Run by Jenny Harrison, supported and visited by the health visitor. £2 per adult. Stay on for:
  • Well-baby clinic: Tuesdays 11am-12. A regular opportunity to have babies weighed and checked and to gain advice and support. No charge. Hosted by the community centre but run by the health visitor.
  • Stay and Play: Wednesdays 9.30-11amA play group for parents and carers with their children up to 5 years. A range of activities offered. An opportunity for parents to meet and support each other and for their children to develop social, personal, language and motor skills. £3 per family.  Run by Jenny Harrison, supported by Jason Biles.

Toddler gym

  •     Toddler Gym: Wednesdays 11.15am-12. A structured session for 2½ – 5 year olds, accompanied by a parent/carer, aimed at developing physical and social skills, building confidence and having fun. Run by Jason Biles, supported by Jenny Harrison. £3 per child £5 for two.

These sessions are all drop-in sessions, no need to book. For more information please contact the centre or email sueeterry@btinternet.com

Baby Massage with Ruth Saville

  • Thursdays 10-11.30am, 20th Sept-18th Oct 2018 in the Thomas Gifford Room. Cost £60

The massage course is run over 5 weeks. During this time you will learn how to give your baby a full body massage, as well as techniques to help ease common infant conditions such as Colic, Constipation, Reflux and Teething Pain.

The classes are beneficial for parents as well as babies, and really help you to get to know your baby, and understand their cues and behavioural states. The sessions are very relaxed, and are led by your baby. There is plenty of time for discussion, we talk about the most common obstacles in the early weeks, such as feeding, sleep, developing routines and wellbeing.

Massage is suitable from birth, and you can easily fit it in to your day when your course with me is finished. You will be provided with a bottle of IAIM approved oil, and a selection of handouts, which you can use to refresh your memory!

I welcome and encourage Dads to join us in the sessions, as it really helps them to form an attachment with their new baby, especially if the baby is being breastfed. I aim to give them confidence in handling their new born, as well as techniques they can use in those difficult moments!

Cost £60 per parent and baby. This will include oil, handouts and a chocolatey treat on the last session! To book, ring Ruth on: 07969 451366.

Further information : http://www.firststeps-consultancy.co.uk/services/baby-massage

Children’s Parties

Charlbury Community Centre is a great space to hold children’s parties. We can offer, for example, an hour in the sports hall (set up for whichever sport you prefer – supervised by us or by you) followed by an hour in the Thomas Gifford room, where children can have some food, or do quieter activities. You can provide the food yourself or we can arrange for caterers to do it for you. Please contact Jenny jenny@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk for details and to find out about prices and availability.

Photo of TG room decorated for a partyPhoto of sports hall with childrens party

Library sessions

Rhymetime – Wednesdays in term-time from 2.15 – 2.45pm

These free, fun sing-along sessions for babies and toddlers (0-5 years) combine music and rhymes, helping children to listen and concentrate, develop their language skills and learn to join in with others.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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If you can help with activites for young people we would love to hear from you as they often need high levels of supervision