An estate playgroup will remain open for another year after a successful application for funding.

The Westlands Playgroup, a baby, toddler, and carers club in Droitwich has been given a lifeline.

The club, at Westlands Community Centre, secured extra support from Platform's Community Chest.

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The fund exists for Platform customers and community charities, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations to apply for.

Applications are evaluated based on specific eligibility criteria by customers who are part of its Customer Voice Panel.

Project manager at Droitwich Spa CVS, Nikki Beeston, said: "We want to express our sincere thanks to Platform Housing Group for its generous contribution to Westlands Playgroup for another year.

"Its support is invaluable to us and it means the world to the children and families who benefit from the group."

She added: "Thanks to the donation, we are able to continue providing a nurturing environment where young minds can grow, learn and play together.

"The funding enables us to offer a safe and enriching space where children can develop social skills, explore their creativity and build a strong foundation for their future learning journey and transition into school."

Marion Duffy, chief operations officer at Platform, said: "We are so pleased to have had a helping hand in ensuring the future of Westlands Playgroup; originally set up following the closure of the estate nursery, it is aimed at low income families and resourced entirely by volunteers.

"It is a crucial part of the fabric of the estate and we are delighted to support it in bringing children and their families together."