Families celebrate Sunderland’s Children’s Centres

The Mayor of Sunderland, Stuart Porthouse,SAFC mascot Samson and circus skills performer, Martin Bloomfield taking part in the Toddle walk with twin sisters, Sarah and Rokiatou Camara at Raich Carter centre's family taster session day

The Mayor of Sunderland, Stuart Porthouse,SAFC mascot Samson and circus skills performer, Martin Bloomfield taking part in the Toddle walk with twin sisters, Sarah and Rokiatou Camara at Raich Carter centre's family taster session day

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FAMILIES have gathered to celebrate Sunderland’s Children’s Centres.

Mums, dads and carers who use the centre sessions in the East End of Sunderland were invited drop-in to the Raich Carter Sports Centre, Hendon.

Kids got the chance to try the kind of classes run at the centres, while parents had their say on sessions and facilities.

As well as activities like toddler walks and circus tricks, there was also the chance for adults to seek volunteering and employment advice, with Sunderland College and Sunderland Children’s own volunteering team.

The Mayor of Sunderland Stuart Porthouse also joined the celebrations.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, said the event was a great chance to reflect on the success of the centres, shape future sessions and support and for families to enjoy a great day.

She said: “The annual event for Sunderland Children’s Centres is always a great occasion, and last year we saw around 300 people attend, which shows just how engaging our centres are.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to see what support is available to them, and to have their say on our services, as well as a fun-packed day for the little ones.”

She added: “The centres are dedicated to providing support to families with children from birth to five years old – that means education and play support for children, and advice and family support for parents and carers.

“The services the centres provide have helped enrich the lives of scores of young children, and many parents, who have been supported with parenting skills and in some cases, given support and advice to enable them to get back into education or employment. The centres really do make a difference and the event is a great celebration of that.”

Sunderland’s East Centre, one of five main Children’s Centres across the city, offers sessions designed for parents and carers and their children – aged from birth to five years.

For details , visitsunderlandchildrencentres.co.uk or the Sunderland Children’s Centre page on Facebook.