New children’s charity set up

Blacklands School pupils with the winning logo they designed for Friends for Families
Blacklands School pupils with the winning logo they designed for Friends for Families

A NEW charity has been set up by a team of volunteers to help offer play activities for children.

Friends for Families was launched as a response to cuts in children’s services and play schemes and is designed to offset this.

As part of the launch the charity will be hosting a free fun day for all in Alexandra Park on Saturday, July 27 from 11am until 3pm with face painting, arts and crafts, football, live music, dancing and a falconry display, and many more activities.

Justin Bridger, the charity’s promoter and fundraiser, said: “We are a new charity formed by volunteers striving to improve life for families with children up to the age of 16 living in Hastings and St Leonards. It was set up because of the cuts in funding to children’s services. It was started up by Children’s Centre volunteers who each completed a 12-week training course. The start-up fund was supplied by the Hastings Trust Neighbourhood enablers programme and Hastings Voluntary Action helped put the constitution together.”

Initially the charity will help support local groups and play schemes such as Play in the Park. Members and volunteers associated with the charity have many varied interests and passions and intend to put their own projects together, promoting arts and crafts, culture, healthy eating, sports and outdoor play.

Melisa Wiggins, chairman, said: “I am very proud how far we have come and all we have achieved so far. I am confident we can make a difference and would like to say a big thank you for all the support and donations we have had from the local community.”

If anyone has any project ideas or suggestions that they would like Friends of Families to get involved in contact Melisa on 07967 296588 or email