Swansea’s landmark Children’s Centre has celebrated 10 years of supporting parents and carers through the early years and beyond.
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.
The centre celebrated its landmark with the unveiling of a huge mosaic designed by parents and children together to celebrate the centre’s work. It was followed by a grand tea party with the theme of ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.
Councillor 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. Penderry ward councillor June Burtonshaw added: “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.” More than 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 is a toy library where parents can loan suitable playthings for their child age which help with their development too. “The centre plays a huge role in the local community,” said Penderry ward councillor Terry Hennegan. “It 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 is 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 provides vital support for parents, helping them into learning and preparing them for work,” added Penderry ward councillor Hazel Morris. “It offers qualifying parents childcare facilities to enable them to access employment to steer their family from poverty. There’s a holiday play scheme for older primary school children – it’s a superb facility.” All this is achieved by working with a range of partners from health, employment, training and voluntary sectors. Mum Asha Boyce said: “I love the children’s centre so much. What a fabulous place with fab, caring people that made my transition into motherhood enjoyable.”