Carryduff Toddler Group Benefits From Power NI

Power NI donation presented to Noak's Ark toddler group in Carryduff

Power NI donation presented to Noak’s Ark toddler group in Carryduff

A parent and toddler group based in Carryduff has received a £300 cash injection from Power NI – Northern Ireland’s leading supplier of electricity.

The grant was through Power NI’s on-going Helping Hands initiative. Community groups are finding it increasing difficult to survive and every penny counts.

Based out of Carryduff Community Church in the Edgar Avenue area of the town, Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group was nominated for funding by Francesca Woodman, an employee of Power NI.

The money has been used by group leaders to purchase suitable equipment, and a selection of new toys.

The toys are designed to aid children’s learning and support their development from a young age.

Power NI, through its Helping Hands initiative, has awarded £300 to Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group in Carryduff. Pictured with volunteer Jenny Stewart (left) and children Freya O’Brien and Flynn Mason is Power NI representative Francesca Woodman.

Every Thursday morning between 10-11.30am during school term time, local volunteers help to organise a wide range of individual and collective activities for children that are both fun and engaging.

Welcoming the donation from Power NI, Jenny Couser, a leader at Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received funding from Power NI.

“The £300’s allowed us to purchase much-needed educational toys for the children who use our services.

“Also we purchased highchairs for younger children and babies.

“All our sessions are run entirely by local volunteers, and they could not operate without donations and initiatives like Helping Hands.”

Francesca emphasised the importance of Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group and the service it provides to children, including her own son.

She said: “Parents and toddler groups are a lifeline for new parents to meet people and for children to develop their social skills in a fun and safe environment.

“I am delighted to be able to support Noah’s Ark Parents and Toddler Group through Power NI.

“I know first-hand just how incredibly valuable the service they provide to children and parents is, as well as carers and guardians in the local community.”