NEW parents in Skipton can save important pennies and continue to attend a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) baby group thanks to new funding secured by the charity.

NCT Skipton and District, which is run by volunteers, and meets at Christ Church, Skipton, has reduced the entry fee by at least half to just £1 to its two weekly baby groups to make it more accessible for parents who might be struggling with the rising cost of living.

Currently there are around 15 families who attend each week, but the £5,500 grant from Awards for All means more families can get involved. It also allows the branch to offer healthier snacks, 'new parent essentials' kits and a wider range of activities.

The 'Bumps and Babies' session is aimed at new parents, carers, grandparents and expecting families to connect in a safe and quiet space, while babies can meet others their own age. Meanwhile 'Little Monkeys' is aimed at babies and children from birth to preschool.

The branch offers a stay and play setting with craft and role play activities as well as a breakfast club which supplies fresh fruit, milk and other items to support new families.

Samantha Orrah, branch coordinator, said: “Many parents are feeling the pinch with rising living costs and we know children are most vulnerable. Our weekly baby groups are a safe space and we would never want to turn anyone away because they couldn’t afford to attend.

“These groups are a lifeline for so many parents and for their baby’s development. We hope the reduced entry fee will encourage more parents to come along, connect with other families and get some support.”

The branch is also looking for new volunteers to help at the groups and also to set up new parent support activities, including NCT Walk and Talks, First Aid courses or nearly new sales. For more information about the group or to become an NCT volunteer, visit: