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A year in reflection

It’s been one year since the Starting Point Centre opened its doors to the public. We’re so proud to have spent this time supporting children and family members to have memorable, meaningful and enjoyable interactions.


As an accredited NACCC (National Association of Child Contact Centres) business, we’ve overseen countless sessions of supervised contact - in both our child-friendly spaces and out in the community. Whether in parks, cafes, galleries or play areas, we’ve made it possible for parents and guardians to rebuild relationships with their children.


But what else have we been up to over the past year?




Our events

Networking

Our first cheese and wine networking evening was a great success. There were many professionals who attended, interested in finding out about how our contact sessions work. We even had the opportunity to give people a tour of the centre, showing them our indoor and outdoor play areas and cafe.


Although covid forced us to postpone our January networking event, we’ll be back with more opportunities in the coming year.


Festivities



In December, we got into the festive spirit by organising Christmas themed contact sessions. Parents were able to accompany their children into Santa’s grotto and receive a present from Father Christmas.


It was a lovely way for families to make precious memories together.



First birthday party

We were thrilled to hold our one year anniversary party on 6th April.


With the company of the Mayor of Leeds, local MPs and counsellors, we celebrated our wonderful team and the great impact they’ve had on so many families.


The party was the perfect chance to reflect on everything we’ve achieved over the last year, including our new status as a Social Enterprise business.




Getting through the pandemic

Unsurprisingly, coronavirus had a big effect on how we’ve done things at the Starting Point Centre. Some families were worried about catching the virus in contact sessions, but we always adhered to government guidelines to reduce any risks. With safety measures in place, we continued to provide a stress-free space to build family relationships.


When restrictions were at their highest, our staff wore PPE, enforced mask wearing and had family members take lateral flow tests before sessions.


Although these months were challenging, we’re proud to have persevered through the worst of the pandemic.



Looking towards next year

We can’t wait to see what this next year brings.


We hope to see even more families and social workers make use of our fantastic venue to have meaningful contact sessions with children. We also plan to host more networking events to show people the work we do.


Most importantly, we want to make a difference to more families - to build stronger relationships and create more great memories. We’re all about easing communication and arrangements between separated families, whilst keeping things as fun as possible for the children involved.


If you need a safe, supportive space to have contact time with your child, Starting Point is here to make that possible. We want to make the experience seamless and stress free, so you and your child have everything you need to develop your relationship.


Contact us to begin your journey.