A heartfelt appeal to keep a much valued children’s centre in Clitheroe was made this week.
The plea was made by mums, Eveleen Hall and Jackie Webbe, who both attend the Ribblesdale Children’s Centre on a regular basis. Eveleen, who lives in Sabden and is mum to Nevaeh (three) and 11-year-old Derron, said: “This centre and the people who work here helped to give me my life back. It is a truly amazing place that actually reaches out to those who need it.’’
I don’t know where I would be without this centre, the work they do here changes lives for the betterJackie
The centre could be the victim of budget cuts Lancashire County Council is being forced to make. Although it cannot make cuts to statutory services such as children’s centres, it can look at ways of re-locating these facilities as a total of £65m. worth of cuts have to be made.
Although Ribblesdale Nursery School, which is based in the same building, is not affected, the vice-chairman of governors Mr Phil Dykes said that the two worked hand in hand.
He said: “Dismantling the children’s centre would be a backward step. This centre and its staff offer a vital service to families in the Ribble Valley.’’
Assistance with problems such as debt management, returning to work, social isolation and domestic abuse are some of the services offered. Jackie, who lives in Clitheroe and has two daughters, Pashia (three) and Jasmine (17), credited the centre for giving her the confidence to get her life back on track. She has taken several courses and is now training to be a teaching assistant. She said: “I don’t know where I would be without this centre, the work they do here changes lives for the better.’’
People are asked to fill in a questionnaire at the centre in Queens Road or log onto www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay before the deadline of Monday, March 21st.