Parents and families can have their say on two more Somerset Children’s Centres next month and proposals that will see them remain open and continue providing their current services.
Have Your Say meetings have now been arranged for Wiveliscombe and Bishops Lydeard Children’s Centres for people to get more information, ask questions and give their views.
For each centre, the proposals mean no significant change to the help and support available to parents and families. Current services would continue to be available in the same buildings, though the centres would be de-designated.
People can also suggest extra services that could be delivered as the Council improves its Early Help offer for children and families and explore opportunities as to how the centres could be used more to support the local community.
The Have Your Say meetings will take place in the centres as follows:
- Wiveliscombe: Weds, 2 April, 6-7.30pm, and Thurs, 3 April, 9.30-11am.
- Bishops Lydeard: Thurs, 3 April, 6:00 – 7:30pm, and Fri, 4 April, 9:30 – 11:00am
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The proposals for the centres will mean people will continue to get at least the same support they get now from the same buildings; if anything that support will increase.
“I hope these meetings lay to rest any concerns that people may have had locally about the services that they, like the Council, value so highly.”
Wiveliscombe and Bishops Lydeard are among 18 centres initially highlighted for change. Have Your Say meetings have already taken place in 11 centres, and are taking place in a further two this week and next. They have been attended by families, staff and local childcare providers with positive feedback on the proposalsand useful ideas for extra support the local communities would like to see and how more use could be made of the buildings.
Proposals are being finalised for the remaining centres: The Villages (Creech St Michael), Castle Cary and Chilcompton. If those proposals are for any change to services that could be considered more significant than have been proposed elsewhere, more detailed consultation will be carried out and publicised.
Please note there will be no proposals to close Children’s Centres. Services will continue to be provided in these communities through the current Children’s Centre buildings and other suitable venues.