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Children’s centres

Last Updated 12:06pm, 8 April 2020


Introduction

Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

The current situation

Our children’s centres are still open, although we are operating more remotely and exploring how we can support families virtually.

We have also extended our hours from 8am to 8pm and are continuing to offer support to all families by telephone and video call.

We are working with our partner agencies to identify vulnerable families and to offer them combined support.

We have improved our Facebook pages and we are offering themed weeks so that we can provide families with trusted and supportive information, videos and top tips.

We are also developing virtual parenting groups, so that we can carry on providing an opportunity for parents to get together (albeit virtually), to share each other’s company and to ask questions.

Right now (08 April) we are planning for Children’s Centre groups to continue next term, but please watch this space for confirmation.

Support for families in the home

Our children’s centres have strong links with foodbanks and other organisations, and we can put you in touch. We are also delivering foodbank parcels to families who are self-isolating.

Action for Children deliver our children’s centre services in Devon. They have a National Emergency Fund Programme to give extra support to families for food, clothing and essential items including white goods – washing machines, fridges and freezers. Action for Children also have a service called TALK, which offers a live chat function with professionals on Monday to Friday.


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