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Money extended for Sure Start centres across Cumbria

Children and their families across Cumbria will continue to benefit from invaluable support after it was announced that funding for Sure Start centres is to be extended.

Cumbria County Council photo
Anne Burns

The facilities offer a wide variety of support including advice and help on a range of family and health issues.

Cumbria County Council funds a total of 28 of the children’s centres across the county and this month members of the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a one-year funding extension up to March 31 2015.

There are six centres across the Carlisle area including: The Belah Centre, Longtown, Botcherby, Pettril Bank School, West Morton and West Newtown.

There are five centres in Allerdale including: Wigton, Maryport, Keswick, Distington and Workington.

In Copeland there are six centres including: Egremont, Millom, Cleator Moor, Hensingham, as well as Catherine Street and Kells in Whitehaven.

The current contracts with the three provider organisations – Barnardo’s, Action for Children and Howgill Family Centre – were due to run until March 31 2014.

Councillor Anne Burns, the county council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “In many other parts of the country funding for Sure Start Children’s Centres has been cut, but in Cumbria we recognise the improved outcomes they deliver for children and families – particularly for those in greatest need of support.”

Richard Simpson, the assistant director of children’s services with Barnardo’s Cumbria, said: “I am delighted that the county council has been able to offer this extension, as we share their view that children’s centres are a vital source of support for children and their families.”


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