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The Children's Centres in Evesham were given £500 towards providing Zumba classes for parents and families. In total 6 sessions took place at Wallace House Community Centre in Evesham with free crèche places provided at the Community Centre, with the crèche workers focussing on physical development with the children attending. A total of 7 families regularly attended who were living in the areas of Evesham, Harvington, Middle Littleton, Badsey and Bretforton. 4 places were allocated to parents who attend the Maternal and Early Years Healthy Weight Service which runs a weekly drop in session at Orchard and Spring Vale Children's Centres.  1 of these parents unfortunately then had health problems, so was unable to continue. This enabled us to focus on parents who had already identified that they would like to increase their levels of physical exercise in order to lead a healthier lifestyle.

25% of families found out about the courses via the children's centre, with 75% via the Healthy Weight Services.
From parental evaluations we established the following:

As a result of attending the Zumba sessions:
100% said they were more aware of the importance of exercise for a healthy lifestyle
100% said they were more likely to attend an exercise class in the future
75% said they were more likely to take part in physical activities as a family.

In addition to these evaluations, the parents who also attend the Healthy Weight Service, 50% have already booked for further Zumba classes, 25% have attended Bokwa exercise class and 25% have attended a step class.



Norton Youth Group were given £500 towards sports and arts equipment and sessions for the youth group.
With this funding they have purchased footballs, bibs, a variety of simple to erect activities, such as Short Tennis stands, Badminton and Volleyball stands and racquets, balls and shuttle cocks, plus an inordinate amount of table tennis balls!
Examples of activities they have done include weekly football sessions, shooting sessions, watersports activities and table tennis sessions
To support the work they have held a First Aid course for all volunteer staff. The course was tutored by the Red Cross and attendance was 10 people.
The Norton youth club has continued to progress and grow in numbers of attendants and young people registered as members, plus the number of voluntary staff attending the weekly sessions.These are partly driven by the young members and reflect the capacity of the clubs development.
All the activities above are as an addition and complement to what is happening on a weekly basis in the club. They continue to strive to make the youth club an active and vibrant centre to attend bring in where ever possible professional people to teach volunteers, members and to run workshops.

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Held on 2nd December 2011 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Carers Rights Day this year had a theme of MONEY MATTERS and addressed financial challenges faced by many carers
Guest Speakers and other experts that were on hand to talk about money issues

  • Direct Payments and Personalisation—Angela Buckley, Worcestershire County Council
  • Benefits—Claire Parry, Department of Works and Pensions (one to one sessions available)
  • Benefits—Terry Carter, Age UK (one to one sessions available)
  • Carers' Assessments—Carers Unit
  • Care and Repair will be there to give help with grants for home repairs and home changes regarding care
  • Information, Advice and Guidance—Carer Contact Officer

For more information please contact,
Worcestershire Association of Carers
T: 01905 751 340 Email