Family centre fights the credit crunch

BLUECOAT Children s Centre in Torrington will be joining forces with local agencies to help families cope with the credit crunch. The centre will be providing a one-stop-shop of information for parents who are thinking about, or need to, return to work, c

BLUECOAT Children's Centre in Torrington will be joining forces with local agencies to help families cope with the credit crunch.The centre will be providing a one-stop-shop of information for parents who are thinking about, or need to, return to work, change careers or enter training.Parents and children can go along and find out about the host of childcare that is available to them in the Torrington area. There will be information on tax credits and funding for courses, plus play activities to keep children happy while parents gain information and advice.Organisations attending include: South West Pound, for financial advice; Torridge Volunteer Service; Citizen's Advice Bureau; Jobcentre Plus; Childcare referral service for help on childcare; Early Years and Childcare Service; Trio Childcare; and North Devon College for skills development and training.The event will be held at the Bluecoat Children's Centre, Borough Road, Torrington, between 11am and 4pm on March 24.Manager Helen Hallam said: "This event is open to all of our parents, giving them an opportunity to learn about the options available to them if they are considering returning to work or entering training. In this difficult financial climate many families are struggling, with hours being cut and costs going up. This event is aimed at showing families the options available to them, from training and volunteer opportunities to childcare and financial advice. There are so many things available and most of our parents just don't realise that they are entitled to this financial and practical support."Between 75 and 90% of parents whose children are in childcare did not receive the childcare element of tax credits to which they were entitled, she pointed out.For more information contact the Centre on 01805 625830


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