Staff at the LEAP Centre in Ashton are appealing to local tradesmen to volunteer their time and help refurbish the centre’s Child Contact Centre.
The family contact room at the centre, which is to keep separated families in touch, is in need of a facelift.
Joanne Parry-Gee, Chief Officer at the LEAP Centre explained: “Any children who have lost contact with a parent through divorce, separation or other issues, it’s a place where they can come and meet their parents safely in a neutral, child-friendly setting.
“It’s very, very child-focused. It’s all about the best outcomes for the child and it’s all about making sure that children have the opportunity to stay in touch with their absent parent.
“We are accredited with the National Association of Contact Centres. We are a charity, so we do charge for the service but it’s not for profit.”
Some of the jobs that need doing in the family contact centre include removal of electrical trunking, new shelves fitted, new flooring installed, a false ceiling fitted and some plastering & decorating.
The LEAP Centre has received help in the past with developing its pre-school nursery and garden.
The contact centre at the LEAP Centre is the only such facility in Tameside and helps bring families together from all across the borough.
“We do get a very high number of referrals coming into the centre,” Joanne said. “We work with a lot of families and we have got evidence that it makes a real difference. There have been plenty of success stories where children and parents have continued to have a relationship after that initial reintroduction.
“We would be extremely grateful to anybody that can offer any help. It’s not a cash injection we’re looking for, it’s time and resources, but it will make a huge difference to local children and families.”
Anyone who can help the LEAP Centre with time or resources can contact the centre directly on 0161 214 8300 or e-mail email@example.com.