Bushy Leaze is a well-established and highly respected centre for the provision of family support and outreach to families with children aged 0-5 in Alton and the surrounding area. The centre has been supporting the local community for 30 years and has adapted to meet the specific needs of the families living nearby It is extremely effective with outstanding results for local children and families.
Every year Bushy Leaze runs 530 sessions to support Alton and East Hampshire’s families including:
- 7 weekly outreach groups attended by around 600 families annually
- 10 targeted programmes, supporting families with specific issues such as first-time parents, families with children with special needs, developing parenting skills, cooking, breastfeeding, fathers and parents seeking to go back into employment amongst others; these are attended by around 450 families annually
In addition 250 families receive dedicated 1-1 support from Bushy Leaze expert Family Support Team ranging from half-an-hour advice to receiving ongoing weekly contact to help them through their times of need.
Following national trends, all funding to Hampshire’s Children’s Centres were cut in 2016. The closure of Bushy Leaze would have had a massive impact on the future of families with young children in Alton Therefore parents and members of the local community set up a charity to help Bushy Leaze continue providing its life-changing services for local families with young children, specifically those at risk.
The first Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament was arranged to support Bushy Leaze and we are delighted to be able to support them again when they need it most. The charity is under growing pressure to provide those services for which funding has been lost. All funds raised today at the Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament will be donated to Bushy Leaze and are vital to keeping the Centre running, so please do dig deep and give what you can.
For further information or to find out how you can support the centre, please visit http://bushyleaze.co.uk/ or call 01420 87675