Fun day on the farm for young Sheffield parents

Young Shiregreen mums and their children on a visit to Heeley City Farm.
Young Shiregreen mums and their children on a visit to Heeley City Farm.
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Young mums and their children from Shiregreen enjoyed a grand day out at a Sheffield farm as part of a local worker’s project.

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie organised the trip to Heeley City Farm as part of her campaign to increase support for parents under 25 in the neighbourhood, in association with national charity Fixers.

The mothers got the chance to tour the site, feed the animals and try their hand at craft activities.

The visit also provided an opportunity for parents to meet new people and discuss proposals for a young parents’ group in Shiregreen.

Amy Leary, who took her 22- month-old daughter along, said: “I got involved when I met Sophie at a playgroup I attend and found out about her project and what she was trying to do.

“I’d like to see more available for young parents in the area and feel being involved in this project will help benefit other young parents in future.

“This trip has been a great chance to meet other young parents and the children loved the animals.”

Sophie said she was ‘delighted’ with the successful trip.

She said: “The day went well and it was great to see the children interacting with the animals.

“A natural basis for a social group has formed and we are looking forward to coming together with ideas for the project and planning our next trip out.”

Sophie has been working with Fixers since June, using funding from her employer, housing association Sanctuary.

She said: “I believe young parents should be recognised for the positive role they play.

“I want to look at how young parents can support each other, while looking at ways to improve the support that young parents need, such as appropriate health care, parenting advice and access to employment.”

n To find out more about Sophie’s plans or to get involved in the project call 0800 131 3348.