Santa the special guest at centre party

Families in the Ashington were treated to a traditional seasonal extravaganza by leading charity Action for Children last week.area

More than 100 under-fives enjoyed a Christmas party at the Ashington Children’s Centre where Santa Claus dropped in bearing gifts.

Ollie Carr with mum Rebecca seeing Santa. GM028635

Ollie Carr with mum Rebecca seeing Santa. GM028635

The children played traditional party games, arts and crafts and sang Christmas carols while a special festive baby sensory area kept the littlest ones entertained.

Lindsey Kirk, community development worker at Action for Children in Ashington, said: “The Ashington Children’s Centre Christmas party brings the community together to celebrate Christmas festivities.

“The area is one of high deprivation with many families struggling to make ends meet and for some of them the party is a nice opportunity for their children to see Santa and receive a small gift. It’s a great day for all of the families involved.”

The centre works at the heart of the local community offering advice and support for a wide range of issues facing families to try to make their lives easier, healthier and happier.

This includes teaching parenting skills, offering advice to young and single parents, and working with vulnerable families.

Action for Children supports children and families at a wide range of services across the north east ensuring they get the emotional and practical support they need not just at Christmas, but all year round.