The Educational Life Team were out and about again this morning, this time visiting a fantastic Community Engagement event at Drapers Mills Primary Academy in Margate. We even took Eddie along to introduce him to the local schoolchildren and their families.

The free event, involving representatives from a number of local community groups and professional organisations, was organised by Early Help Open Access, Save the Children and Specialist Children’s Services, in order to engage with local families and let them know what help, support and activities are available to them in the Thanet area.

Eddie trains to be a ‘Fire-Elephant’

There was plenty to do throughout the morning with over twenty organisations represented offering advice and support as well as practical activities such as painting and crafts. For the more active children, there were outdoor options of football, boxing workshops, volleyball and tennis to choose from.

The number of young families turning up throughout the morning clearly demonstrated the need for these Community Engagement events and seeing so many talking to the organisations involved was really positive. Parents were walking around with handfuls of leaflets and stopping to chat in depth with the organisations present.

Of course, it wasn’t just about information and advice. Everywhere I looked, I could see kids, along with their families, having fun. The ‘messy play’ table next to us was particularly popular, with paint and play-doh ensuring a very colourful table top. The sports activities outside also proved popular and were busy throughout the morning.

We were there to let everyone know about our ‘Young Reporters’ scheme and it was great to speak with young families about this fantastic project. We are all looking forward to seeing the stories, photos, paintings and reviews that we hope will be sent in by new members of ‘Edu-Life Kids’. Eddie, once again, proved a popular addition to the team, with children making the most of the unusual photo opportunity and ‘high fives’ being given at every opportunity.

Thank you to the organisers for inviting us along to this brilliant event,  to Drapers Mills Primary Academy for hosting it and a massive thanks to everyone who turned up to support. We hope all of the other groups and organisations found the morning as rewarding as we did. With events like this taking place around Thanet, local communities will go from strength to strength.

Please enjoy our gallery from the morning’s activities, which features the organisations attending the event, and feel free to share this article with anyone who may be interested.