Centre’s new lease of life

Mothers and babies attending the Baby Movers sessions at Tyldesley Sure Start Children's Centre
Mothers and babies attending the Baby Movers sessions at Tyldesley Sure Start Children's Centre
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A POPULAR community centre in Tyldesley has been turned round and given a new lease of life thanks to an Ofsted inspection.

A range of new services are on offer and extra opening hours benefit users.

The Sure Start Children’s Centre centre, on Poplar Street, was left facing an uncertain future last year after funding cuts forced the closure of a number of its key facilities, including the childrens’ creche and the Chill and Fill cafe.

However, an OFSTED inspection in August 2011 recommended bringing in facilities that would benefit the entire community rather than just under-fives and changing the opening hours as a way of turning around the centre’s fortunes.

The recommendations have made a dramatic difference with an array of new classes and facilities starting, including the arrival of careers advice service Connexions, a sexual health clinic opening, and sessions aimed to help people stop smoking.

The opening of the Sherringtons cafe also fills the gap left by the closure of Chill and Fill, and a series of coffee afternoons will be held to help the community get to know.

The centre’s project co-ordinator Lyndsey Daly said: “Our centre is here to support the community. We are now able to provide crèche facilities to coincide with a number of our services which will help parents and carers.

The centre has also now adopted a more flexible set of operating hours, opening at 8.45am with some services running until 7pm.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Coun Susan Loudon, says: “Tyldesley Children’s Centre is providing an excellent service to the community.

“The council fully supports the superb work the centre’s staff are doing.”

To find out more, ring 01942 883279 or visit www.wigan.gov.uk and search for Tyldesley Children’s Centre.