As I am sure you all know, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet made the decision to stop offering Sure Start children’s centre provision across Surrey. Changes are taking place at different times across the different districts and boroughs.
Across the borough of Guildford, Sure Start provision will cease on 24th July 2019. This means that most universal services such as “Play and Learn” and “Baby Groups” will stop. Parents can use the Family Information Directory (http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service) to find universal and other services, support groups, activities and more.
When the Sure Start centres and provision stops the new Family Centres will open. Guildford Nursery School is leading and managing provision across the borough. Whilst there will be very little universal provision there will be some groups and services running for target groups. There will also be family support and home visits for referred families living across the borough.
The newly set up Family Centres are located as follows:-
Guildford Nursery School (Hazel Avenue) – open weekdays, all year round from 8am – 6pm
Ash Grange Primary School – open weekdays during term time from 9am – 12 noon
The Spinney – open weekdays during term time plus some school holiday time from 9am – 4pm
Until 24th July please continue to contact your local Sure Start Centre for information and advice. From 25th July please call 01483 566589 or check the new family centres website (www.familycentresforguildford.co.uk) to find out more.
Our family centre is a hub for family support in the Guildford borough. We work as an extension of the local healthcare, midwifery and social services teams to provide dedicated home and centre-based support wherever it is needed.
Families are referred to us at various times, when other professionals think we can make a positive, supportive difference. We develop really close relationships with all our referred families and our aim is to create the best environment for those families so that they can continue to grow and develop independently with long-term benefits.
If you are a potential referrer and would like to know more about our services and skills, or you have a family to refer to us for support, call us on 01483 566589 or email email@example.com.
Our Family Support Workers can advise and signpost you to other organisations and services. We run groups and classes for the families we work with, but these are on a referral basis. There are health clinic such as breastfeeding support and weighing clinics for babies which are run by partner organisations on our premises and are drop in. More information can be found within our calendar.