Following the success of Dragonflies 1, launched in mid-2015, it was agreed between Home-Start Guernsey and The Sarah Groves Foundation that Dragonflies 2 would open in St Martins in January 2016. Dragonflies 2 has been an equally successful project, providing a young mothers and toddlers in the south of Guernsey with a local drop-in centre.
So, what exactly are the Dragonflies drop-in centres all about?
No-one understands the stresses of being a parent better than another parent. Home-Start Guernsey recruits and trains parents as volunteers, some of whom help to run the weekly Dragonflies drop-in centres. Children take part in various activities that they may not otherwise get to experience at home such as arts & crafts, sing alongs, snack/meal times, learning about healthy eating, etc... The children get to have fun while they learn important life-skills whilst their parents, often single parents, can relax for a few hours and socialise with the other parents.
A few key observations of children that have been in attendance over an extended period include dramatic behavioural improvements, an increase in general happiness and confidence and greatly improved social skills. There is no doubt that Dragonflies is proving incredibly beneficial to the children.
In addition, it has proven of great benefit to the parents. They are able to meet new people, seek out advice from others in a similar position and often build their own confidence. Friendships are formed and some of the parents even go on to volunteer for Home-Start Guernsey because of the good work being done.
The Sarah Groves Foundation has committed to funding the operation of Dragonflies 2 for an initial 3 years (until January 2019) at a total cost of £21,000.
Dragonflies 2 is located in the St Martin's Community Centre, St Martins and meets every Thursday morning from 9.30am until 11.30am. For more information, please call Home-Start Guernsey on 720382 or visit home-startguernsey.org.gg