Whittlesey Child and Family Zone has moved to newly refurbished space at the Scaldgate Community Centre which puts the Child and Family Zone in the centre of the town.
The Child and Family Zone will continue to offer services for families with children aged 0-19 including parenting programmes, information drop-ins, health visitor clinics and stay and play sessions, however families will now benefit from being able to access services delivered by a range of other teams from the same building.
The space previously used by the Child and Family Zone at New Road Primary School will be used to provide much needed additional school places for the Whittlesey community.
Around 35 families attended a community opening at the end of January and Councillors will be going to see the new facilities at 10.30am on Friday 8 February.
Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said, “I’m really looking forward to visiting the new Child and Family Zone next week to tour the new facilities and to learn about how staff are supporting families in the town. It is great that the child and family centre services have been able to move to more suitable accommodation at the youth and community building at Scaldgate right in the heart Whittlesey. An added bonus is that space at New Road Primary School will be used to provide additional school places for the town. ”
Our new approach to supporting Cambridgeshire families launched in April 2018. The redesigned Child and Family Centres better meets the needs of our growing and rural county with activities and events taking place in a range of new locations across the county and an extended focus on families with children of all ages.
The changes were agreed at full council in October 2017 following public consultation. The redesigned service is more responsive to the needs of a rapidly changing county whilst delivering the agreed savings with no cuts to frontline delivery budgets. Activities are being run from new communities for the first time as well as other outreach in other new locations across the county.
The service is also better linked with others including adult learning, health visiting, midwifery and social care.
A recent survey showed that nine out of 10 respondents valued our Child and Family Centre provision https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/news/new-look-child-and-family-centres-get-seal-of-approval/