About Us

About Us

South Oxford Family Room (SOFR), a former Children's Centre, is now run as a charitable organisation by a sub-committee of governors at Grandpont Nursery School. We follow the policies used by Grandpont Nursery school where applicable. Our Project Co-ordinator, Karen and Playworker Wendy organise sessions and events at the family room with help from volunteers. SOFR has lovely gardens and the room itself is bright, cheerful and welcoming so come and join a session and get to know families who come from near and far.

We are always seeking volunteers and support of all kinds - so if you would like to help or donate to keep services running, please do get in touch with our Project Co-ordinator, Karen Wilson, at coordinator@sofr.org.uk 

We continue to run popular stay and play sessions on Mondays and Fridays. There are also Breast-feeding support with stay and play, and Health Visitor drop in sessions on a Tuesday and monthly Saturdads / Family Fun Saturday sessions. Like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SouthOxfordFamilyRoom/) for regular updates and information about events.

Sessions running from January 2019

Stay and Play (Mon 9.30am-12.00pm & Fri 9.30am-12pm)
Breastfeeding Support with OBS (Tues 10-12) & Stay & Play
Health Visitor Drop-in (Tues 11-12)
Antenatal workshops with OBS(First Tuesday of the month 12.30pm-1.30pm) 
Saturdads/ Family Fun  (3rd Saturday morning of the month 10:00am-1:00pm)

Check our Facebook page for more information and updates on days and times for our sessions

SOFR is for hire for community events, under 8 yrs. children’s parties and for meetings such as book clubs or committee meetings. Our Google calendar shows our regular sessions, events and bookings to date. (£18 per hour)
Please contact Karen Wilson (coordinator@sofr.org.uk) or Yan Wong (contact@sofr.org.uk) for more information.

Stay and Play

Drop in for our Stay and Play Sessions. Sand, water play, arts and crafts within a space tailored to the needs of young children and families, including our beautiful gardens.

Monday Morning Drop-in
Mondays 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Includes indoor and outdoor play, snack time, story time and singing session. Get to know other local families, find out about resources for children in the neighbourhood, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us.

Friday Morning Drop-in
Fridays 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Round off the week with another great play session: indoor and outdoor activities, healthy snack and song time. You’ll find lots of friendly faces, and warm drinks for the grownups.

Family Fun session (Saturdads)
On the 3rd Saturday of the month 10:00am – 1:00pm. This is always a special day with lots of creative play activities and exciting experiences for you to share with your child. Check out our Facebook page to see what this month’s theme will be.


Health and Wellbeing

Come along on a Tuesday for help and advice from the wonderful Oxford Breastfeeding Support (OBS) and Health Visiting teams. Older siblings welcome too.

Breastfeeding Support with Stay and Play

Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm

Whether you’re struggling with feeding or would just like some reassurance and to meet other breastfeeding mums, come along to this drop-in session and talk to the wonderful OBS staff and peer supporters.

The Health Visitor comes between 11am and 12noon. Parents book in with her when they arrive and are seen on a first come first served basis so come before 11 to register you want to see them. The Health visitor may not be able to see all those booked in due to other commitments.

Antenatal Workshops with Oxford Breastfeeding support

First Tuesday of the month 12.30pm-1.30pm. Are you pregnant? Would you like to breastfeed your baby? Want to know what to do when your baby arrives? Then this session is one to come to.


Monthly Drop In for families with children with additional needs

12.30-2.30pm on 3rd Monday of the month (unless it falls in the school holidays.)

We are planning monthly speakers or activities to support parents. These sessions are advertised on our Facebook page, HOOP, Daily Info and through local provision



Future sustainability and fundraising

Raising funds for the family room

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for South Oxford Family Room?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Groupon, Go Compare, booking.com, thetrainline, Tesco and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/southoxfordfr/ and join for free then choose our cause to receive your donations.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and South Oxford Family Room will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.