chapter  7
The role of the centre in family support
ByEva Lloyd
Pages 19

Save the Children’s centre-based family support offers part-time and fulltime day care, holiday playschemes, out-of-school, and community health services for children, and welfare rights advice, education and training for other members of their families, as well as self-help opportunities to develop a variety of groups, credit unions and food coops, and some youth work. It operates in this way from fifteen multifunctional centres located in some of the most deprived communities in the UK. These are staffed primarily by workers with a background in child care, youth and community work, and community development, run, if not managed, in partnership with centre users and funded through partnerships with a range of statutory agencies, including health, social services and education.