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Toddler Group Tackles Loneliness

Published: April 11, 2018

Duchy College Rosewarne University | Adult

A university student, who had her first child at 17, has used her personal experience and passion to help others in her local community by creating a new popular parent and baby group.

 

After years of study and employment within the childcare and education industry, mother of three, Kensa Clemence, 27, always had the memory of what life was like as a young mum in a rural community.

 

In September last year, after finishing the first year of her foundation degree, based at Duchy College Rosewarne, Kensa took a leap and decided to start up a toddler group to help prevent loneliness.

 

Kensa, from Carleen near Godolphin, who is studying a foundation degree in Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, said her children attend Godolphin School “so I decided to approach Godolphin Cross Community Association (GCCA) to see if I could work with them”.

 

“There is a school in the community and a nursery, but nothing else that could support parents with young children,” she explained.

 

In November 2017 after a busy few months of preparation, Kensa was given the go ahead to open her group called Godolphin Tumble Toddlers.

 

Realising that loneliness is a widespread problem in Britain, especially for new parents in rural locations, Kensa has seen overwhelming support from the local community.

 

“The first week we ran our two hour session we saw over 20 separate families turn up,” she explained.

 

“Gradually we have built up a lovely, supportive network for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and the children.”

 

Kensa, who gave up her job as a teaching assistant to focus on her studies and volunteer at her start-up club, said Tumble Toddlers is a term-time, weekly drop in session on a Tuesday morning “that allows parents and children to meet, interact, share stories and essentially gain new friends and contacts”.

 

Having met lifelong friends through a parent and toddler course called the Kerensa Project at Cornwall College Camborne in 2008, Kensa is over the moon to be giving fellow parents a helping hand to meet new people. Research in the UK by parenting site ChannelMum.com in 2017 revealed that more than 90% of mums admit to feeling lonely since having children.

 

For her hard work, commitment and passion for setting up and volunteering her time at Godolphin Tumble Toddlers, Kensa has been nominated for a student Star award which recognises outstanding achievement and determination.

 

Alison Keverne, Kensa’s lecturer on her foundation degree, said Kensa is “extremely enthusiastic about her course”.

 

“It’s great to see her bloom into such an entrepreneurial student as well as a caring one,” she continued.

 

“We wish her all the luck in her award and her future career, she will make a great nursery manager as I know that’s her goal.”

Toddler group takes part in sponsored walk, with leader Kensa, in the middle.

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