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Portmead Puddleducks Flying Start brings the magic of Christmas alive on a budget

Portmead Puddleducks Flying Start brings the magic of Christmas alive on a budget

Portmead Puddleducks Portmead residents are getting ready for Christmas on a budget once again thanks to Gwalia’s Community Chest Grant.

Community Chest grants are open to all our customers and other organisations. 

Based at Portmead Primary School, Portmead Puddleducks Flying Start is a childcare group which has held workshops to show residents how to bring the magic of Christmas alive on a budget.

Hannah Piontecki, Childcare Manager, said the aim of the event was to take the stress and strains out of Christmas.

She said: “We’ve held sessions on how to budget and signposted people to support agencies who could help with any debt issues. There have also been sessions on how to make your own decorations, gifts for both adults and children and how to make a Christmas lunch on a budget.

“The aim is to help families reduce bills but still enjoy the Christmas traditions. We have been running this group for several years and the families have given excellent feedback.”

Maria Cullen, a mother-of-three from Ozanam Court, Portmead, applied for the Community Chest funding to help make this year’s Credit Crunch Christmas possible.

Maria said: “I’ve been coming for three years and I love it. The decorations and gifts are so easy to make and mean more when they’re hand-made. The group has helped me in other ways too. I’ve gained confidence in my cooking and I’ve made some really good friends.”