Hopes for another Children’s Day success

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ORGANISERS of Jersey Children’s Day are hoping for another successful event this year when the event returns on 2 July.

Last year 6,000 Islanders – along with 50 charities – came to Howard Davis and Millbrook Parks for a day of entertainment, activities and art.

Children’s Day 2022 at Howard Davis Park. Emmie Lewis, Hayley Lewis and Austin Lewis play table football

The free event – which the JEP is the official media partner for this year – was launched following a recommendation from the citizens’ panel set up in the wake of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry in 2017, which called for the 3 July to be Jersey Children’s Day.

The event has been held on – or close to – that date since 2020. This year it will take place in Howard Davis Park.

Cheyenne O’ Connor, of the independent survivor’s group at Community Partnership Trust, said: ‘The Children’s Day Steering Group, which I’m a member of, have been working hard behind the scenes making plans for this year’s Children’s Day.

‘We’re going to hold the event in one park this year and make sure that there are activities for all ages and families.’

Children’s Day 2022 at Millbrook Park

Education Minister Inna Gardiner said she was ‘thrilled’ that the ‘inclusive, family event’ would be taking place again.

She added: ‘When I attended the event last year, I saw first-hand how successful it was, so I am very proud to be involved in delivering the event this year.

‘We will once again be planning an inclusive day for all families, and I hope that Islanders will join us in making the day a success.’

Community organisations, charities and vendors are invited to take part. To register interest, organisations are encouraged to complete an online survey at survey.gov.je/s/childrensdayinterest2023/

The event is due to include:

– Live music from young people

– Free entertainment and activities throughout the day

– A community and charity hub for services that support children and families

– An art project by primary school children, in collaboration with ArtHouse Jersey

– More food and drink stalls

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