Our Family Service was opened in 1987 by Cardinal Hume. He was deeply concerned for the many families in the area who were living in poverty and he sought to provide a place of sanctuary for both parents and their children. Thirty years later poorly housed families continue to depend on the Centre for advice and support.
For low income families living in cramped housing with no outside space the summer holidays can be a real challenge.
Khadra has been coming to the Centre for over three years with her four children and she admitted that without the Centre her children would have been stuck at home throughout the holidays:
“There is no other Centre like this in the area. If we didn’t come here my children wouldn’t get out and would be very bored. It’s great because there is a lot of space for the children to play.”
By providing safe spaces where children have the freedom to play the Centre has helped local families to have a memorable summer together.
This year 53 children took part in fun activities and socialised at our holiday club. They had the chance to get some extra school support in our two week summer school and throughout their time here they received a healthy meal at lunchtime.