More than 50 families joined staff at The Kindling Outreach Centre last month to celebrate its one year anniversary.
The Conniburrow based facility, which forms part of Conniburrow Children’s Centre, is run by Milton Keynes Council and was opened in April 2012 to provide a hub of services and activities for children and families in the community.
These range from a weekly community café and a drop in Citizen’s Advice Bureau service to a young parenting course for under 20 year olds and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, organised in partnership with Adult Continuing Education (ACE).
Children’s Centre Co-ordinator for Conniburrow Children’s Centre, Emma Stace, said: “The Kindling has been a fantastic hub for the community and has been extremely popular since it first opened its doors in April last year.
“The outreach centre recognises the need to provide outreach work for the whole family and offer better opportunities to help increase the life chances of children in the local area.”
And Community Mobiliser for Local Action, Jo Bevan, whodelivers a ‘Share and Shine’ session at The Kindling on Thursdays, added: “The outreach centre provides a space for people of all ages to meet, learn new skills and work in partnership with their peers and other agencies to make a positive impact for them and their families.
“We hope that it will grow as more families take part in the activities on offer, get to know the team and meet new people from their community.”
Conniburrow Children’s Centre and The Kindling work within a reach area of Conniburrow, Central Milton Keynes, Campbell Park, Downs Barn and Bradwell Common.