Newly refurbished NSPCC service centre in Leeds opens
Over 60 guests including professionals from social care, health, education, NSPCC supporters and volunteers from across the city were invited to attend the official opening of the Leeds service centre recently, which was opened by local MP, Rachel Reeves.
The newly renovated facility will offer cutting edge child protection services to some of the most vulnerable children and families across Leeds. Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West was joined at the event by the NSPCC's ambassador for children under the age of one, Chelsey Blake who spoke about the importance of protecting babies.
Service Manager for the NSPCC in Leeds, Angela Maguire, said: "This is a very exciting time for the NSPCC in Leeds. We have doubled our staff team to 18 in the last six months and now have fantastic refurbished offices which offer a much more comfortable environment for children and their families. The NSPCC has had a presence in the city for over 100 years, since 1888, which is remarkable. We are thrilled to be continuing our work here, marking this with our launch and I would like to thank Rachel Reeves for officially opening the centre and her ongoing support for our work to help children in Leeds."
The NSPCC makes a huge difference to the lives of children across the UK and the centre in Leeds will help expand work and pioneer new approaches to help local children. Three services will be offered from the centre and delivered at various locations in Leeds, including:
- A new specialist antenatal programme called Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond aimed at supporting the most vulnerable mums and dads cope with having a baby and the challenges that parenthood brings
- A vital support service for parents targeting women with post natal depression. This is a well-established service and has supported many families in Leeds over the last 12 years
- Change for Good, a programme that will help prevent sexual abuse by working with young people who show harmful sexual behaviour
Rachel Reeves MP said: "I am thrilled to have been invited to officially open the NSPCC centre in Bramley. It's great to see a charity like the NSPCC investing and expanding in our local community here in Leeds with pioneering services that help to support the most vulnerable children and families in our society."
The NSPCC's Service Centre in Leeds offers a wide range of facilities to help children and families feel at ease. It has been designed with children in mind and provides a safe and colourful environment with fully equipped and confidential counselling rooms.
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