A NEW state-of-the-art children’s centre has been unveiled this week in Boston Spa.
The opening of the centre on Tuesday was attended by parents and relatives from across the district, as well as local councillors, police officers and care workers from Wetherby and Boston Spa.
The unveiling marks the end of nearly two years’ work by Leeds City Council and the local community.
Leeds City Councillor Alan Lamb (Wetherby, Cons) said at the opening that the creation of the centre was one of his ‘proudest moments’ as a Leeds City Councillor.
“It has been a lot of hard work from the beginning but I am delighted that we are providing vital support and activities for children, families and young people in our area.
“Of all the things I have done as a councillor this is the one I am most proud of.
“It is a real asset to our community and will take some beating.”
He also acknowledged that the council had put aside political differences to come together for the ‘greater good’ of the community on the project.
Leeds City Council, which has invested more than £850,000 into the children’s centre, say it is part of the national Government’s Sure Start Services program to provide better services to pre-school children across the UK.
Councillor Judith Blake (Lab, Middleton) who is head of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council, officially opened the centre.
A teddy bears picnic for children and buffet for parents and guests was also served.
The new service will serve pre-school children up to five years old in the Boston Spa area, as well as Bramham, Thorp Arch, Barwick, Thorner, Scholes and Aberford.
Boston Spa resident and grandmother Pat Hunter, brought along her nine-month-old grandson Oscar Hughes to the opening.
She told the Wetherby News: “I think these services are essential and it is great that we now have something here in Boston Spa which is of great benefit to the community and I am extremely pleased that this service is now available.
“I’ve taken a look around and it looks fantastic too.“
Family support worker Cheryl Robson, who attended the unveiling, said: “I wish this sort of facility had been open when I had my children.
“It is a superb facility and I think we are very privileged to have these types of services where everybody, no matter what background they come from, is valued equally.
The centre will provide a wide range of services ranging from health visits to breastfeeding support, advice on childcare options, including information and advice, support to childminders, links with Job Centre Plus, and access to community health services.
The multi-purpose site also includes a ‘chill-out zone’, and a play area bordering onto the existing Deepdale Community Centre.