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Your say on children’s centre change

Protest outside county hall, Wakefield against plans to close children's centres in the Wakefield district.

Protest outside county hall, Wakefield against plans to close children's centres in the Wakefield district.

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, services could be centralised to six main hubs and three ‘linked’ sites, offering extra support in areas of high deprivation.

A number of feedback meetings, for anyone to attend, are taking place across the district from 6pm until 7.30pm:

The meetings will take place on September 9 at The Hut, Kershaw Avenue, Airedale, September 11 at De Lacy Primary School, Chequerfield Lane, Pontefract, September 16 at Chesneys Centre, Featherstone and September 24 at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre.

Wakefield Council is also running focus groups to gather views in more detail.

These will take place from 10am until 11.30am at Sycamores Children’s Centre, Knottingley on September 9, Sharlston Children’s Centre on September 10 and Butterflies Children’s Centre, Normanton on September 11.

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 online survey at www.wakefield.gov.uk/centresurvey are also asked if they want to participate.

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

 

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