Hamilton South Playgroup thrives with help from Cardiff Men's Shed

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Thu 07-May-15

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Hamilton South Playgroup has had its share of challenges over the years. About 18 months ago the committee undertook a number of improvements, now they are thriving. The playgroup recently undertook the final phase of these improvements with extensive assistance from the Cardiff Men's Shed.

Hamilton South Playgroup has had its share of challenges over the years. About 18 months ago the committee undertook a number of improvements that have meant that the playgroup in now thriving and has even been able to increase from 3 sessions each week to 8. The playgroup recently undertook the final phase of these improvements to revive the garden, cubby house and to spruce up the toys with extensive assistance from the Cardiff Men’s Shed. Cardiff Men’s Shed charged a minimal fee to repair and paint a number of toys for the playgroup. Initially contacted for help with the toys and they have gone above and beyond. They repaired and repainted all the 'household' toys, they were plain wood beforehand and the kids hardly ever played with them. Now they are a favourite! They have been sensitive to the needs of all the kids that attend playgroup, especially PlayConnect, where the kids have Autism Spectrum Disorders. They have also made an outdoor table for the kids and taken some of the wooden bookshelves and the wooden doll beds to spruce up which is going to make a big difference.

We all know how important playgroup is to a community and how it has helped many mums who are suffering from Post Natal Depression by providing a supportive, loving environment where their children can play safely. While the playgroup have been constrained by financial difficulties, they have tried our best to improve their facilities. The committee never could have made the changes that have been made today without the help of the Cardiff Men’s Shed. The playgroup cannot express their gratitude and the smiles on the kids’ faces say more than they ever could.

The Cardiff Men's Shed can make any of the items photographed for playgroups (for a small fee). They can also make outdoor furniture, chairs, bird houses and almost anything you want! For any information please contact Dallas on 0402547402.

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