Venue details

Address (not for correspondence):
Abington Avenue United Reformed Church, Abington Avenue, Northampton, NN1 4QA

Opening hours

Days & Times: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month 10am to 3pm. 2nd & 4th Saturday 10am to 1pm

Centre charges

No charge for service

Services available here

Supported contact

Handover

Accepts self referrals

Accredited

Not For Profit

To make a referral,
contact:

Address: Abington Avenue , URC Child Contact Centre, Abington Avenue United Reformed Church, Abington Avenue, Abington, Northampton, NN1 4QA

Telephone: 07762 714067

Email: contactcentre.aaurc@gmail.com

Contact

Website: www.aaurc.co.uk/child-contact-centre/

Telephone: 07762 714067

Email: contactcentre.aaurc@gmail.com

This centre is accredited to provide supported contact

Accreditation is a way of checking that your contact centre is safe and meets our standards.

How is a centre checked?

An assessorSomeone working on our behalf who has experience and an interest in child contact services and must assess if a service meets our standards. looks round the rooms, toys, equipment, and any outside play areas to make sure that they are safe and good for you to use. They talk with the people at the centre to make sure that they are trained and helped to do their job as well as possible. They then check the informationThe assessor checks through the centre’s accreditation portfolio which includes policies, procedures, risk assessments, reports (if the service offers supervised contact) and information for families. on what happens at the centre and how it keeps you safe.

When the assessor is happy that a centre meets our standards then they are awarded their accreditation and you can find them on this website. Accreditation happens every three years with extra checks if needed.

Accreditation Summary

Date: 05/04/2022

Summary:

Abington Avenue URC Child Contact Centre offers supported contact and is run by and held at Abington Avenue United Reformed Church, close to the town and accessible by public transport. A small car park is available and there is parking in the roads either side of the church.

The centre is well maintained and clean and provides a fully equipped nursery for younger children, a room for older children and toys and games for all ages. There are nappy changing facilities and a disabled toilet. Parents can wait in a separate waiting room where drinks and snacks may be purchased. Separate entrances are available for parents arriving and departing the centre. There is a small area outside which the centre tends not to use; this has a low wall which is easy to jump over and also backs onto a car park.

Referrals have been picking up since the pandemic – the co-ordinator provides pre-contact meetings for families and provides a review on how contact is going.

At the time of the report the co-ordinator was relatively new in post and was being supported by the Chair of Trustees. The co-ordinator manages a good number of volunteers but is looking to recruit more as they have restarted operations following the pandemic. The centre meets the requirements for supported contact accreditation.

Centre testimonials

"I don’t have words how you helped us. We will never forget this, and you always will be for us like a family. Another I hope good news is we are starting talking with a (mum) and we decided to cooperate together as this will be better for everyone."

Family using centre

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