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Children's Centre celebrates 10th birthday

Swansea's landmark Children's Centre is celebrating 10 years of supporting parents and carers through the early years and beyond.

Children's Centre 10th birthday

The specially-built facility, opened by Swansea Council in Penlan in 2006, is designed around the development needs of children and supporting parents to meet those needs too.


On July 13, the 10th birthday will be celebrated with the unveiling of a huge mosaic designed by parents and children together to celebrate the centre's work followed by a grand tea party.


Cllr Christine Richards, Cabinet member for Services for Children and Young People, said: "The centre team do a wonderful job caring for children and their development but even more impressive is the way they give parents the opportunity, drive, and skills to be the best family they can be. The power of that to improve children's lives can never be underestimated.


"There is no doubt that thousands of children and their families have benefitted from the integrated services the Children's Centre offers and with our partner organisations we will continue to ensure it goes from strength to strength."


Over 400 people per week access Swansea Children's Centre services ranging from ante-natal, parenting classes and dads support to job shops, debt advice, and a preloved clothing store.


There's a toy library where parents can loan suitable playthings for their child's age which helps with their development too.


The centre hosts language and play training, craft sessions, cookery classes, baby massage and yoga. Children and families learn how to grow healthy food to eat at the centre's own allotment.


There's an outreach handy man scheme to help support families to improve their home conditions by giving them the confidence and skills to be able to undertake basic tasks such as painting, papering, and putting together furniture.


The centre also supports parents into learning and prepares them for work by providing childcare facilities to enable them to access employment. There's a holiday play scheme for older primary school children.


All this is achieved by working with a range of partners from health, Job Centre Plus, and voluntary sectors.


Mum Asha Boyce said: "I love coming to the children's centre with my family.


"What fabulous place with fab people amazing, caring people that made my transition into motherhood enjoyable


"There are always things to do which have really helped me be the best mum I can be for my children. They get a lot out of it to, trying new things."

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