A voluntary playgroup based in Bloomfield Community Centre in Narberth are the latest winners of the Pride in Pembrokeshire Award.
Cylch Meithrin Arberth provide children with the opportunity to benefit from Welsh-medium early years care and education.
Launched in 2017, the Pride in Pembrokeshire award is presented monthly to a voluntary group whose work has made a real difference to local people and communities.
The award is a partnership between the Pembrokeshire Public Services Board (PSB) and the Western Telegraph – with each winning entry awarded £200.
Cylch Meithrin Arberthr recognise the importance of play in children’s development and the experiences and activities offered by the playgroup are based on that understanding.
Particular focus is also placed upon language development and the personal, social and emotional development of the children.
The playgroup is an important part of the community, being the only Welsh playgroup in Narberth and feeding into the Welsh stream at Narberth CP School.
The management committee who oversee the day to day running of the playgroup are all volunteers.
Committee chairman, Sinéad Lewis, said: “Our playgroup is run by a group of young parents who all work full time but manage to put in extra voluntary hours to ensure the playgroup is viable and sustainable.
“The committee work very hard and without them we could not operate and would have to close. We rely solely on fundraising and the fees parents pay for their children’s place at the setting.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us with raffle prizes or donations and a special thanks to Young Brother Ltd & Mason Brothers Ltd who both gave us large donations last October.”
The Playgroup are always on the lookout for raffle prizes or donations for their quarterly fundraising events, so if you feel you can offer something then please contact Sinead on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like your child to join Cylch Meithrin Arberth then please get in touch on 07884 458820 or call into the Bloomfield Community Centre.
In choosing Cylch Meithrin Arberth, the judges were particularly impressed with the group’s strong commitment to volunteering, the self-sustaining nature of their activities and the valuable work they do to provide opportunities for young children to benefit from early years care and education through the medium of Welsh.
To submit an application to be considered for a Pride in Pembrokeshire Award, download the application form from the PAVS website – www.pavs.org.uk – or contact PAVS on 01437 769422 for a hard copy.
Pictured are Cylch Meithrin Arberth with the Pride in Pembrokeshire Award.