Local parents in Tower Bridge/London Bridge area

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Monday 29 October 2007 9.52am
Calling all parents local to Tower Bridge/London Bridge riverside area!

We wanted to introduce our newly formed Parents and Carers Association, with a (work in progress) website at www.riversideparents.co.uk. and invite anyone who has kids or cares for kids in our area, to please sign up and get involved.

What started as a petition to make an area of Potters Fields more kid friendly has grown into a more organised group and we hope to both improve local facilities for kids (at the moment specifically pre-schoolers although if and when we get parents of older kids involved we'd love to look at other age groups too). It's early days and we're juggling council meetings/website design etc with toddlers...so please bare with us! But we hope this could become a great resource for the ever growing number of parents of children in our area.

Our projects at present are to get more kid friendly events on Potters Fields to balance the corporate events, get a safer zone with some form of child entertainment in the park (we're looking at climb-able sculptures/interactive art installations at present but welcome ideas). We're also talking with Nick Stanton and working on getting a great indoor play area for these cold wet winter days, which we hope could encorporate breast feeding cafe, toddler areas, soft play/ball pools, and rooms for classes like sing n sign, tumbletots, diddy dance etc who currently don't come into our neighbourhood very often. And we're talking to the Unicorn Theatre to try and get them to open up a space for art/drama/reading/dressing up workshops for little ones too. and a good space for mums/dads/carers of pre-schoolers to meet in the day time, with a nice cup of coffee.

We hope to have a xmas party to get everyone together....

but really would just love as many people as possible to sign up - we've got approaching 200 families at present, but the more people we have the more power we have. We intend to get involved in development meetings as often as we can too so that a parent-centric view can always be represented.

we're just a forum at the moment, our real website is due to go live this week, but signing up to the forum is the first stage and we'll gather a few details from you, if you don't mind, once you've done that.

thanks very much! Sophie and Fiona

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