|Standish and Aspull Sure Start Starts for Sure!
It’s festive fun and excitement all the way – all around Standish and Aspull – this Friday.
Not only is it the official opening of Standish and Aspull Sure Start Children’s Centre facilities down at Standish library, but there’s plenty to do across the wider community, including fun with clowns, face painting, magic and craft activities.
Parents of young families in the Standish area are being urged to pop down to the Methodist Church there for freebies and details of where things are happening. Aspull Civic Hall is the place to go for residents in Aspull. All events are within easy walking distance.
Cllr Susan Loudon, the council’s cabinet champion for young people, will be helping young Shannon McKeown of Haigh St David’s reception class to open the new facilities. Cllr Loudon says: “This is a wonderful new facility and an important part of the community. But I’ll be leaving the official ribbon cutting to Shannon. She’s won the competition and it will be her picture that everyone will see on documents to do with the centre.”
Children were invited to create an image of the children’s centre or themselves and their families, with judges settling on the colourful picture from Shannon as the winning design.
Events on Friday run from 9.30am until 4.30pm, with Father Christmas in his grotto throughout the day with presents for the children and mince pies for all.
“Please get your grotto tickets from either Aspull Civic Hall or Standish Methodist Church”, says Sure Start’s Rachel Salmon. “It’s going to be a great day, and we’d love to see you.”
The centre is a partnership of local school heads and governors, plus the NHS Trust and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. It will offer a vital service to support local families with early learning and family health services. There will be on site access to antenatal services and support for children and parents with special needs. The centre also has links with Jobcentre Plus to support parents who wish to consider training or employment and act as a base for childminders and a community hub for parents and childcare providers.
Janet Kneale, head of St Wilfrids C of E Primary School in Standish, said “This is an exciting first step which will eventually give us a centre that will provide wonderful opportunities for both young children and their families and become an important part of community life”.
To contact the Children’s Centre for more information contact Rachel Salmon 01942 486850 or 07747065477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org