With the evolving situation over the last year, the reduction in children's centre services such as under ones groups, loss of support from overstretched and understaffed childcare teams, parents of young children and babies have been left with a distinct lack of peer to peer interaction.
We would aim to build that infrastructure as part of an eco friendly parenting community hub; a safe, inclusive and friendly space for local parents to seek the support they need. With a focus on respectful parenting techniques and support for all stages of development from birth through preschool with classes and advice from real experience and qualified parents - or just simply a place to have a break while the children play.
Southbourne itself has a great history of community spirit and is a hive of local business. The hub would aim to enable that to continue and expand by supporting the local economy; utilising as much local talent, produce and general vibe as we are able and thus potentially providing an avenue to showcase and support the community makers within the retail store and café.
Our ethos and beliefs as individuals would be the backbone to the hub; as fervent supporters of environmental causes and green living, we would bring as much of that with us as possible, sourcing sustainable options across the board and having eco friendly practices as standard. We would aim to reduce waste as much as possible, and utilise the Terracycle scheme with the intent of opening it up to the public for collection which also provides a further possibility for recycling and waste management and reduction in the conurbation.
Bourne Green will be many things. There will be a café with play area for young children, a retail shop and space for other services to provide support. We would be able to recommend specific services where children’s centres etc can’t. We will get toys and furniture etc second hand where possible or from ethical and sustainable sources.