Have your say on future of district’s children’s centres

Sunflower Children's Centre, Moorthorpe, South Elmsall.'Protest by parents and children over the proposed closure of the centre.'h305b427
Sunflower Children's Centre, Moorthorpe, South Elmsall.'Protest by parents and children over the proposed closure of the centre.'h305b427
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Have your say

People can have their say on the proposed closure of 14 of the district’s 23 children’s centres.

As part of a shake up by Wakefield Council, children’s centre services could be centralised into six main hubs and three ‘linked’ sites, which would offer extra support in areas of high deprivation.

A three-month consultation into the proposals began on July 15 and a number of meetings are taking place across the district.

Anyone can attend evening feedback sessions from 6pm until 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 23 at The Grove, Stockingate, South Kirkby and on Wednesday, September 24 at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre.

Wakefield Council also said that it will be running focus groups to gather views in more detail.

A focus group will take place from 10am until 11.30am at Cedar’s Children’s Centre, Hemsworth on Friday, September 12.

Coun Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The nature of focus groups is that there is a much more detailed discussion about the issue being addressed and, as such, numbers need to be limited to allow everyone involved a chance to have their say.”

Expression of interest forms for the focus groups are available on all children’s centre receptions and those completing the survey at www.wakefield.gov.uk/centresurvey are also asked if they want to participate.

An independent research company, QA Research, will then invite a “fair and representative” group of people to each focus group.