Marking 20 years of family help

PUBLISHED: 12:25 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 06 May 2010

Members of the Stevenage Family Support Centre team

Members of the Stevenage Family Support Centre team

A FAMILY support service is turning 20 years old and is holding an open day as part of the birthday celebrations. The event is a chance to share the Stevenage Family Support Service s anniversary and celebrate two decades of work with families and colleag

A FAMILY support service is turning 20 years old and is holding an open day as part of the birthday celebrations.

The event is a chance to share the Stevenage Family Support Service's anniversary and celebrate two decades of work with families and colleagues from the community.

People are invited to go along to the service's premises at 3 North Road next Wednesday, November 1, between 11am and 2.30pm.

Stevenage mayor Simon Speller and National Children's Home (NCH) mascot Cedric the Dragon will be cutting the cake at 12.30pm.

The service is run by NCH and is funded under a contract with Hertfordshire County Council's children, schools and families department.

The service started when NCH was asked by the county council to provide a family centre in Stevenage.

This opened in the autumn of 1986 and consisted of one room in the Social Services offices in Southgate.

It moved to Broadwater in 1987 and then on to the current premises in North Road in 1997 when the name also changed to Stevenage Family Support Service.

The work of the service has changed in nature over the years. However, the basis has always been to work with children under 10 and their families who are struggling to maintain a quality family life through stress or other factors.

Executive councillor for community and culture Sue Myson said: "Stevenage Family Support Service does a fantastic and very valuable job in our community.

"Their support has changed the lives of so many people over the last 20 years and I wish them all the best for the next 20 and beyond."

For more information ring 01438 317418, fax 01438 720525, visit fam ilysupport.stevenage@nch.org.uk or email jacquelyn.welsh@nch.org.uk


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