Date Published: 02 October 2018
Visions Children’s Centre in Oakham celebrated its first birthday this week, having welcomed almost 10,000 people through its doors since it was relocated a year ago.
The popular service helps parents and young children in Rutland by providing a wide range of free activities, sessions and services, all tailored to give families the best possible start in life.
The Visions centre was located at Catmose College campus until a year ago when it moved to a brand new, purpose-built facility right next to Oakham Library.
Since the move was completed in October 2017 Visions has welcomed 9,808 people through its doors, while also supporting an increase in visitor numbers and registrations at Oakham Library.
More than 80 young children, parents, carers and volunteers gathered at Visions on Monday 1st October to celebrate one year since the move.
“It’s fantastic to celebrate this incredible milestone with families who love Visions. The Centre is hugely important to those who use it. The staff here support people who are starting or growing their family and need help or support with a particular aspect of parenting. Most importantly, they provide a fun, safe space for children to learn and develop. Moving Visions to a more central location at the heart of Oakham was intended to make the service more accessible to parents and carers so it’s hugely satisfying to see that visitor numbers have almost doubled in the space of one short year and that we’ve supported almost 10,000 people.”
Councillor Richard Foster, Portfolio Holder for Children & Young People
The services provided by Visions Children’s Centre are an important part of Rutland’s Early Help Strategy – supporting children, young people and families and helping to make sure the health and well-being needs of local communities are met.
Visions provides parents and children with access to support that contributes to their overall well-being, including children’s emotional resilience and readiness for school and to support adults’ parenting ability.
“Visions has always provided invaluable support to children and families. Relocating the service next to Oakham Library has meant that people using Visions can also get easy access to the library, whether this is for children’s literacy and creative learning or for adults who want to learn new skills and get back into work. This close proximity has supported an increase in visitors to both services – creating an improved offer for service users and providing greater sustainability for both services.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure
Visions provides support for Rutland parents and carers with children aged 0-11. For more information about sessions and activities, visit the Visions website.
Photo: Rutland County Councillors Richard Foster and Lucy Stephenson with Visions staff, volunteers and service users