Tony's visit to our Northants children's centres

Posted by / Friday 05 August 2016 /
Sir Tony Hawkhead with Daventry mum Melissa Timms 29 and Joshua 9 months

Our chief executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead, visited some of our Action for Children centres in Wellingborough and Daventry earlier this week on Tuesday 2nd August.

As well as meeting staff and volunteers, Sir Tony was introduced to parents and children supported by the charity.

At Wellingborough Children’s Centre Sir Tony met local parents Paul Denton, 36, and Lisa Brown, 30, as well as their two children Roxy, 6, and Jessica, 2. Paul and Lisa completed the ‘Triple P’ (Positive Parenting Program) course last year and have recently enrolled on ‘Family Partners’, a programme that encourages parents to make positive changes to their family life. 

Wellingborough Dad Paul Denton 36 with daughter Jessica, 2

Paul said: “It was really nice to meet Tony – we had a good long chat with him about the help me and Lisa have had over the last year or so.

“Our support worker Georgina has been brilliant; even just sorting out the simple things have made such a difference to us as a family – things like planning our day and week, and putting together a structure of activities at home and for when we go out.

“Being helped with ideas of things we can do together has been so useful as well - especially now in the summer holidays. As parents we’re both much more confident and we can definitely see a big difference in Roxy and Jessica.”

Sir Tony said: “It was fantastic to see the dedication of our staff and volunteers at Wellingborough and Daventry. I was really proud to hear of how closely we work with families to give their children the best start in life."

"Our services across Northamptonshire can be a real lifeline to parents – somewhere to get that little bit of extra support and assurance. Our staff won’t judge you if you drop in looking for help so I’d encourage parents to find out more about what we offer."

Sir Tony Hawkhead, Action for Children Chief Executive

On behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, Action for Children runs a range of services across the county including targeted family support, parenting programmes and help for those experiencing domestic violence. We also provide services for families with older children and those with special education needs and disabilities.

To find your nearest Action for Children centre, click here.

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