Hollingdean and Stanmer Labour candidates support local residents’ calls for the Sure Start centre next to Hollingdean Park to be opened at weekends.
This would encourage greater use of Hollingdean Park because the cafe and toilets would be available for people using the park, as they are for the annual T in the Park event pictured above.
The centre is already a valuable hub for the local community, and opening at the weekends would enhance this. There have already been inquiries from community workers who would like to hold classes at weekends but lack a suitable venue. The venue could also be used as a place to purchase cheap staple food, helping local families out in this time of hardship.
Previously, appeals have been made for local people to volunteer to staff the centre for a few hours at weekends. But we also need the council to be prepared to allow the centre to be open.
We are appealing to officers to look favourably on this request and are planning to launch a petition in due course.
Please get in touch if you:
- want to support this campaign
- have any ideas for what else the Sure Start centre could be used for if open at weekends
- would be willing to help as a volunteer occasionally to keep the centre open
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The cafe at the Sure Start centre is also open for tender (deadline August 22nd). Follow this link for more details.
It was a vision of the last Labour government to create a Sure Start hub in every community, bringing together child care services. This remains a core part of Labour’s local government policy:
“To give every child a good start in life, Sure Start Centres should become hubs of support for children, with local services for health and family support having a duty to co-operate and co-locate to provide a single point of access in every community.”