Children and Families

GL11 has several exciting areas designed for you and your family to explore together and enjoy. You will find fun activities for children of all ages, from babies up to 12 years old, held in a safe and supportive environment.

Messy Mondays!

Every Monday between 10am-11.30am, we hold a Messy Play session for pre-schoolers at just £1.50 per child (FREE for children under 3 months). These sessions are designed to keep little ones entertained and to allow parents/carers to catch up with friends whilst enjoying a rare hot cup of tea. Get messy playing with jelly and whipped cream, finger painting and swimming in shredded paper! Each week holds different textures, colours and smells for your little ones to explore. Starts 9th September. Term time only.

***Currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions***

Family Fridays

Our Family Team have continued to support GL11 families throughout lockdown and beyond and currently run ‘Family Friday Chat’ drop-in sessions online via Zoom. Please get in touch with us for more information.

One-to-one sessions are also taking place in our gardens and garden room as and when restrictions allow us. These sessions are currently by invite only, Fridays, 10-11am & 1-2pm

***On hold due to lockdown, watch this space…***

If you would like to know more about the support our Family Team can offer then please get in touch.

Kids Stuff

1st Friday of the month 10.00am – 11.30am

Monthly pop up shop run by Stroud District Kids Stuff. Clothes, toys, equipment and toiletries are available to purchase on a “pay as you feel” basis. Families can take what they need and pay what they can afford.

***Currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions***

Support for Parents

HENRY Programme

Support for families to provide a healthy, happy start for their children.

Why not join our HENRY taster sessions and share experiences with other parents in an informal atmosphere. The sessions will help with ideas and tools to try at home covering:

  • Routines and boundaries
  • Guidance and praise
  • Reward systems
  • Food portions and lots more…

These sessions will be held in the GL11 garden where possible and in a safe and socially-distanced way. Please get in touch with us for more information.

***On hold due to lockdown, watch this space…***

Shine Programme

Creative therapy, peer support and weekly drop-in sessions for mothers dealing with depression and anxiety.

Offering a nurturing environment, relaxing activities and the chance to meet other mums. Currently meeting online via Zoom. For more information contact Lauraine on 07886 570933, visit or the Shine Facebook page here.

Wednesdays 7.30-9pm & Thursdays 8-10pm.

Peep Group

Come along to our Peep group. Peep sessions share simple ways of supporting your child’s learning and development in everyday life.

You can make a real difference just by talking, singing, sharing books and playing together. Come along – you and your child can make friends, share ideas and have fun through stories and activities.

This group is designed for parents/carers of young babies that are not on the move yet. Please get in touch to book a place or find out more.

Thursdays, 10.00 – 11.00am, Free

***On hold due to lockdown, watch this space…***

Kindness Café

An inclusive and supportive space for mums to get together, build relationships and enable a caring environment. Meet in the GL11 garden or garden room, by invite only.

Wednesdays 11.30am-2.30pm with free counselling sessions from 10.30-11.30am & 2.30-3.30pm.

Please get in touch with us for more information.

***On hold due to lockdown, watch this space…***

After School Activities

Adventure Play

We know how busy modern life is for parents, and sometimes our children need a space after school where they can feel safe, let off steam and socialise with friends.

On Tuesday afternoons from 3.45-5.45pm, during term time, we run Adventure Play for 6-9 year olds which costs £3 per child.

Here at GL11 we encourage children to step away from technology for a while and explore the endless possibilities of the outdoors. With a purpose built pirate ship, mud kitchen and performing stage your children will soon be using their imagination to create all sorts of fun. Our skilled play workers also offer supported activities such as campfire cooking; go-kart building; wood carving and rope swing building!

***Currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions***

Family Activity Ideas

  • Outdoor Activities

    • Collect stones – wash and paint them
    • Teddy bear’s picnic – gather favourite teddies and toys together
    • Go on a nature walk – take a bag, collect leaves, sticks, cones
    • Water play – get a bowl of warm soapy water and a selection of utensils eg. a sieve, jug, cup
  • Rainy Day Activities

    • Make a life story book – staple paper together and make a book using family photographs
    • Cardboard box surprise – fill a box with toys and objects, make a hole in it and let your child feel to guess what they are
    • Sing and dance together – nursery rhymes, counting songs
  • Crafty Activities

    • Toilet roll people – use a cardboard tube of a toilet roll, stick on material, wool for hair, draw on faces with felt tips or crayons
    • Potato printing – cut a potato in half, cut out shapes, paint and print
    • Make playdough – 2 cups flour, 1 cup water and 3 drops of food colouring. Play with your dough using pastry cutters, rolling pin and other utensils