Fingers crossed for £50m children’s bid

Ryan was busy making balloon animals for the kids too
Ryan was busy making balloon animals for the kids too
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People behind a project aiming to deliver £50 million of events to children and families across three key areas of Sheffield are set to find out if it has been successful in a bid for funding.

Best Start Sheffield, by not-for-profit organisation Sheffield Cubed, is up against 14 other areas for the Big Lottery Fund money across three years, which it would use to boost early years services in Darnall and Tinsley, Shiregreen and Brightside and Manor Castle.

The scheme will attempt to overcome issues such as poverty, poor housing, joblessness, and focusing on under-fours.

Work would be supported with services in partnership with health and social care professionals as well as dieticians, speech language therapists, and midwives.

A fun day is being held in each of the three wards to thank communities for their help in shaping the project.

The first was held on the Manor on Saturday, with children enjoying games, activities and food. Another will be held at Milestones Childcare in Verdant Way from noon this Saturday, before the final event in Darnall on May 24.

Mandy Forrest, chief executive officer of Sheffield Cubed, said: “We have written a great bid, and I think we have done the very best we possibly could. If we are successful it will make a massive difference. It’s a lot of money and it will be spent on families with young children.”

Sheffield Cubed will learn if it is successful next month – in time to begin this summer.