Castle Quay has joined forces with the Banbury and District Community Bus Project (BDCBP) which will see the charity take over the shopping centre’s soft-play area on a weekly basis from the end of February.
The announcement was made on Friday 18th January at a BDCBP ‘Thank You’ event for local sponsors, following last summer’s successful campaign to raise the necessary funds to secure the charity’s immediate future and continue its vital support service to families across Cherwell District. Whilst the charity’s long-term future is not guaranteed, part of its new development strategy involves looking for ways to improve service delivery and sustainable funding.
With the support from Castle Quay Shopping Centre and thanks to connections made by Banbury Business Improvement District (BID), the pop-up Play Bus sessions will showcase the importance of play and provide support for parents locally at a time when many childcare centres are closing.
The BDCBP sessions will start at the end of February and take place every Monday 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-15:30 in the soft-play area of Castle Quay Shopping Centre. The stay and play sessions will be free of charge, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.