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Playgroup saviour Lucy needs others to pitch in

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February 28, 2018

Heathcote Playgroup AGM and sausage sizzle will be on today, 11am at Barrack Reserve.

HEATHCOTE Playgroup is having a resurgence, and it’s being led by local Lucy Walsh.

The playgroup is an informal session where children aged 0 to 5 and their guardians or caregivers can meet together locally in a public environment.

When Lucy moved to Heathcote four years ago she was a mother-of-two who was looking to meet new people and become involved in the town.

It was then she got some advice to take her child down to Heathcote Playgroup at the Community House.

‘‘My child really loved it and I got the opportunity to meet other local mothers, who I am still in contact with today,” Mrs Walsh said.

Mrs Walsh left the group after the birth of her third child and in that time wasn’t aware that the group was down to a just a few members and three committed local mums keeping it from folding.

“Playgroup at the Community House has been running for a long time so keeping it going was important to me.’’

Mrs Walsh decided she would kickstart the playgroup again to see if she could get it running at its full potential.

“I jumped on social media, started contacting all the previous members, did some advertising and just put it out there. I wanted to let everyone know so other parents could take advantage and have the same positive experience I did.

“I just thought, what if other families come to town like me and they don’t have this sort of playgroup for them to meet people and socialise — it’s very important to have social interactions, especially when moving to a country town.”

To get the initiative back up and running, Lucy is looking for other members of the community who would be interested in joining the committee of the playgroup.

“We are holding an AGM and a sausage sizzle on Wednesday, February 28 (today) at Barrack Reserve at 11am. Anyone who is interested should come along.”

Heathcote Playgroup currently runs from 9am to 12.30pm on Mondays at the Community House, and with more interest Lucy is confident a second day during the week could be made available.

“New families are encouraged to visit the Monday morning session free of charge to see if playgroup is right for them,” Mrs Walsh said.

“If so, then we ask that they become a member with Playgroup Victoria.”

“This costs $30 concession and $40 non-concession for a year of membership, which covers insurance for playgroup sessions and activities outside our Heathcote community space home.”

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