Our resident Kayleigh Scallan, a mum-of-three from Sheffield, started a group for new parents and babies to encourage social interaction during the pandemic.
Kayleigh loves working at the toddler and baby group, which she has also resumed following the easing of restrictions, at the local United Reformed Church in Shiregreen.
Kayleigh said: “Some of the parents have said they come for themselves more than the children because they love talking to different people and seeing other children.
“The baby group is amazing because these babies have never seen another baby before. The parents just love talking to other parents and sharing their experiences.”
Kayleigh volunteered with the church for five years but is now able to develop her skills and attend further training as a paid employee thanks to funding from Sanctuary’s Community Investment programme.
Kayleigh added: “While being at toddlers I’ve done my level two teaching assistant course so I just want to continue from there and hopefully do something like this in the future when my children grow up. At the minute I love what I do here and I really wouldn’t want to leave. I just love this place.”
Our Community Investment programme aims to build strong communities by supporting local people like Kayleigh and agencies to develop the services essential to creating thriving neighbourhoods.
- Listen to the full conversation between Kayleigh and Sanctuary Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager Melanie King.