Young people from the local Youth Forum will join local dignitaries in Yate to celebrate the first anniversary of the Children’s Locality Hub on Monday 7th February.
More than £1.7 million has been invested in the Children’s Hub which provides a range of services to children, young people and their families in this community setting situated next to the library in Yate shopping centre.
From adoption and fostering services, to early years provision, advice on finding a parent and toddler group or information about after school clubs and youth services, it’s all located under one roof. There is also access to an information service advising parents on a raft of issues such as how to choose a school place, accessing free school meals, gaining employment in childcare and finding out about things to do and places of interest for children, young people and their families.
Cllr Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, said: “Since opening in February last year, the Hub has proved a popular resource for the community here in Yate and the surrounding areas, and is part of a wider project which includes two other Hubs which are currently being built to serve residents in the Kingswood and Patchway areas.”
“These facilities help us in our ongoing commitment to provide children and young people with the best possible start in life and, importantly, it is just one example of the unprecedented investment that has been made in the town over the last few years. This has included the revamped library, refurbished leisure centre, the new youth café, extra care housing scheme and the planned Academy rebuild.”
Working in partnership, teams within each Hub will include staff from the council, NHS South Gloucestershire, North Bristol NHS Trust and Connexions West of England. The Hubs will provide a focal point for all children and young peoples’ services in the area, including those delivered through schools, as well as building close working partnerships with the community, voluntary and private sector providers.
Other services available at the Hub
The Hub includes access to the Children and Young People Information Service providing the general public with information, signposting, advice, support and access to a range of services including youth clinics, maternity services and access to health visitors. Children’s Social Services and Connexions staff are also based at the Hub and there is a Sure Start Children’s Centre offering a variety of sessions for families with children aged 0-5 years. Health services include a minor injuries service, outpatient facilities, x-ray and ultrasound diagnostics, physiotherapy and audiology and West Walk GP practice. A Boots pharmacy is also available on site.