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New children’s centre facilities for families in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill


Families in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill ward can now access new family-focussed activities and services at their local community centre.



The underused Nowell Mount community centre has been given a new lease of life with a range of services available for families with children aged 0 to four. Children’s Centre services will be delivered at the venue.



The new provision is being officially opened by the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake on Tuesday 6 May. Cllr Blake will be planting a commemorative tree alongside local families, staff and ward members.



Media opportunity

Members of the media are invited to go along to see the opening of the new children’s centre facilities and tree planting at Nowell Mount Community Centre, LS9 6JJ, on Tuesday 6 May at 1pm.




The centre will provide a range of family learning activities, including child play and development, with opportunities for parents, carers, and community members to get involved. Activities and groups already arranged for the centre include: the Incredible Babies programme; Happy Toddlers Happy Families in partnership with Pre School Learning Classes and; the Happy Harvesters Gardening group in partnership with Back To Front project.



The centre will be open all year round, including school holidays, offering a range of exciting opportunities including family fun days with older siblings and healthy lifestyle activities, as well as sessions with health visitors and early start teams. Childcare will continue to be provided at the nearby Shakespeare Children’s Centre.



There will also be opportunities for employability support and C.V. advice, debt advice, benefit checks and the Credit Union, available not only to parents but also to the wider family.



Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“By bringing these much-needed family services to this underused centre, we are able offer the local community a valuable resource which will not only help children’s development but also provide support and opportunities for parents too.



“Children’s centre provision is an integral part of our aim to make Leeds a child friendly city – a place where children are valued, supported, enjoy growing up, and look forward to a bright future.”



“The Nowell Mount centre is offering a large range of different activities and services, which I would urge families in the community to take full advantage of.



Vanessa Hawkins, children’s centre manager said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming families from across the area to the new community centre, which will give us a dedicated base from which to enhance the wide range of services we can offer to families and the wider community.”



ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk