Reserve your family’s summer newsletter here

With summer finally here, many local families will be making plans for the long summer holidays in a few weeks time. For the lucky ones the summer will include a family holiday either here in the UK or abroad. But for many families getting away this summer just isn’t an option. I know from my casework how difficult things still are for very many local families with many jobs still under threat and prices for many everyday essentials still high.

Local agencies tell a similar story. When I called into the Children’s Centre in Gildersome recently, Centre Manager Bernard told me how tough it is for many local families and how the centre is doing what it can, despite big cuts in its budget. As well as regular activities and drop in sessions for parents of under 5s, the centre also now offers fresh fruit and veg at cost price to help families struggling with the cost of their weekly shop.

Of course with less money around, there is less support for families via our children’s centres. But I know that over the summer the Gildersome Centre, along with Morley South Children’s Centre at Sevenhills and the Morley North Children’s Centre from its new home in Morley Town Hall will all be offering as much support and activities for families as they can.

And as usual, I’ll be compiling my annual families’ summer newsletter and survey with details of all the events and activities taking place at Children’s Centres and elsewhere over the long summer holidays. Please email me at ed@edballs.com or contact my office on 0113 253 9466 to reserve your copy.

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Posted June 20th, 2014 by Ed