Sunderland parents can have their say on city’s children’s centres

Councillor Pat Smith
Councillor Pat Smith
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PARENTS and carers in Sunderland are being given the chance to have their say on the city’s children’s centres.

The event, organised by Sunderland Children, East Centre, allows mums, dads and carers to help shape future activities for their youngsters.

People who use the centre can go along to the Raich Carter Sports Centre in Hendon up to 2pm.

There will also be taster sessions of the kind of classes run at the centres for parents who are thinking of going along with their children.

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, with activities aimed for all.

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.”

There will be activities to keep toddlers and little ones entertained, and support and advice for parents and carers.

The event will also offer parents volunteering and employment advice, with Sunderland College and Sunderland Childrens’ own volunteering team.

The Mayor of Sunderland will also be attending to celebrate the achievements of the centres over the last year.

Families attending the event can take part in swimming lessons and learn how to live a more sustainable life, with an opportunity to find out more about electric cars and gain advice on recycling and growing their own fruit and veg, among other activities.

Parents wishing to attend the event can just turn up at the Raich Carter Sports Centre between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, September 17.