Farnworth Children’s and Young People’s Centre is set to open its doors in summer 2019

A newly refurbished children’s centre will spring to life later this year following an investment of nearly half a million pounds.

After months of renovation work, Farnworth Children’s and Young People’s Centre is set to open its doors in summer 2019.

In total, £478,000 has been invested in the centre as part of a wider scheme to improve the support available to families across Bolton.

Bolton Council’s Start Well service includes early years services and 0-19s support services for children and families.

Early Years, Connexions, Play and Youth, as well as some health services will be run out of the new centre, based in King Street.

The renovated building features new play areas, a family room, a children’s nursery, a multi-purpose activity room as well as health rooms, a pram store and a reception area.

Available services and activities will include ‘stay, play and learn’ sessions, antenatal and Well Baby Clinics, parenting support, and community-led activities.

Health Visitors from Farnworth Health Centre will also move into the centre.

As well as baby clinics and oral health drop-ins, appointments will be available to see community midwives, Health Visitors and other specialist health services.

Executive Cabinet Member for People’s Services, Cllr Ann Cunliffe, said:

“The new look Farnworth Children’s and Young People’s Centre will be a welcome boost to the community.

“From the start, it was important that we listened to what young people in the area wanted from the centre and they have been at the heart of the plans.

“We’ve received some very positive feedback already and I’m sure the centre will become an integral part of community life in Farnworth.

“As a council, we are committed to making sure all our young people get the best possible start in life and the Start Well service has a key role to play in this.

“The new Farnworth centre is just one part in a package of investment to ensure the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people get the support they need.”

Refurbishment work is now underway and is led by Bolton-based Seddon Construction.

John Shannon, Property Services Director at the family-run company, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this project, helping to transform the centre’s lobby, reception areas and car park.

“Community spirit is at the heart of the scheme and we’re excited to help launch a new chapter for the centre and those who will use it.”

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