Help offer to Wellingborough, Raunds and Earls Barton families hit by proposals

A charity is offering help to families who may be affected by proposed changes to children's services in the county

A charity is offering help to families who may be affected by proposed changes to children's services in the county

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A charity is offering help to families who may be affected by proposed changes to children’s services in the county.

Parents are being consulted over plans to move children’s centre services in several areas and reduce opening hours at others.

Action For Children and Spurgeons, the companies which have won the new Northamptonshire County Council contracts to manage children’s services, are proposing the closure of existing children’s centres including in Highfield in Wellingborough, Nene Lakes in Earls Barton and Manor in Raunds.

They say sessions provided will be moved to other buildings in the heart of communities including libraries or village halls, and the most vulnerable parties will be offered help in their homes if they want it.

Janet Gwilliam Sanders from Home-Start Wellingborough & District contacted the Telegraph after reading about the plans, saying it may be able to help those affected if the proposals are approved.

She said: “Any family living in the local area can come to us for support, no matter what they may be experiencing and we can be there for them.”

The charity has almost 60 volunteers who provide weekly visits to parents, offering support and friendship.

To have your say on the proposals go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations.