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Top of Town Tots to Reopen

Louise Higgins (centre) with Jo Ellis (left) and Issy Kellaway from the Top of Town Tots group

A group of Stroud parents are launching a toddler group to provide much needed support, thanks to Stroud Town Council.

The Top of Town Tots group first opened in February but had to shut after just three weeks due to the pandemic.

Chair Louise Higgins said they were overwhelmed with more than 60 people showed up to the group based at the Parliament Children's Centre in Bisley Old Road.

"This group is really needed here. If you can't drive you have to either catch the bus into town or walk down into town and it's a steep walk back," said Louise. "The only alternative is the bus and it's not that frequent."

The group was set up with the support of the Town Council. Louise said Emily Osler, the Town Council's Community Development Officer has helped in many ways, from sourcing funding to clearing and cleaning.

Now the group is reopening on Tuesdays, from 9.30am to 11am, from November. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the sessions will be limited to eight families and places must be booked in advance.

The committee is appealing for more volunteers to support the sessions or join the committee. Louise said with more support they could possibly open more often.

"We really need more helpers whether it is helping to clean after sessions or being play leaders. We want to make this an important community hub but need the community to support us," said Louise.

The group received a £2800 grant from the Town Council and £1,950 from Gloucestershire County Council's Thriving Communities fund so that they can resume covid-safe stay and play sessions.

People interested in volunteering, can contact Louise on

Posted: Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:35 by Admin team

Tags: Community