Extra cash for Worthing Children and Family Centre

FUNDING of about £180,000 has been approved for the refurbishment of Worthing Children and Family Centre, at the same time as other centres around the country suffer severe cuts.

The funding will pay for improvements to the ground floor of the centre, in Parkfield Road, Tarring, to provide multi-purpose areas.

The centre, which was leased by West Sussex County Council from Worthing Homes as a family centre for more than 10 years, is now an integrated children and family centre serving 835 under-fives and their families.

Voluntary organisation Spurgeons manages the centre, but it is funded by the government’s Sure Start Early Years and Childcare grant, which is allocated by West Sussex County Council.

Nationally, Sure Start grants are being cut back, risking the future of other children and family centres.

Improved services

Sandra Rome, director of children’s services for Spurgeons, said: “Spurgeons is delighted to hear the Children and Family Centre in Worthing is receiving this investment, especially at a time when such austere measures are being taken in other places.

“This is great testament to the work of the team at the centre and opens up further opportunities for families in Worthing.

“We look forward to the new and improved facilities continuing to provide high-quality, vital support to children and their families.”

A county council spokeswoman said it was seeking to maintain its network of children and family centres, because they played an important role in supporting all children and families, provided additional support for those in greatest need, and helped to take forward early intervention and family support.