Contact centre will help towards building bridges
LOOKED after children in Northumberland now have a new contact centre, created to offer a warm and welcoming environment to meet parents, foster parents, siblings and social workers.
The centre, called Building Bridges, is housed in the William Elder Building, Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was officially opened earlier this month by Paul Moffat, the corporate director of children’s services at Northumberland County Council.
The name for the contact centre was chosen by young people from Future Route and Voices Making Choices, who are part of Northumberland’s Children in Care Council.
‘Building Bridges’ will provide children and young people with a safe, comfortable, confidential and neutral environment where they can meet with a parent or family member from whom they are separated.
The centre is designed specifically for children with a wide variety of play equipment available. It provides a facility which has been much-needed in the north Northumberland area for some time.
Mr Moffat said: “This is the first specially created contact centre in Berwick and it is set become an invaluable facility for families in the north of the county.
“Building Bridges is part of the county council’s aim to provide a service that is flexible and accessible to all who are able to have supervised access to their children.
“The centre’s location should reduce travel time for those children and families living in and around Berwick.”
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