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A TRAILBLAZING project to encourage parents to spend more time playing with their children have been launched in St Helens.

Around 50 families took part in the event, dubbed Family Learning Across St Helens (Flash).

The lottery-funded project was unveiled at St Helens Council in partnership with Sure Start Children’s Centres, schools, community centres, Men And Their Children (MATCH) groups, Re:new area partnerships, Helena Housing, Starting Point and CVS.

Janet Cartwright, who heard about the event through the creche bank she works at and has been involved with FlaSH from the outset, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for him to try new things and for me to do them with him. Daniel is itching to get stuck into the clay modelling; we do craft activities at home, but nothing like this.”

Dawn Sweeney, the Big Lottery Project Co-ordinator said the event had been a roaring success.

She added: “We were thrilled by the number of families who attended.

“It was such a joy to see many of the families we have been working with here.

“As well as lots of new faces, who will hopefully be people that work with us in the future.”.