Chichester Child Contact Centre is in Chichester in the town centre. There are car parks within a short walking distance along with an excellent public transport service that services the South and London area. The centre service operates alternate Saturdays between the hours of 10.00am – 1.00pm. The centre charges £50 referral fee but does not charge families for the contact sessions.
Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England.. It is the only city in West Sussex and is its county town. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. It is the seat of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, with a 12th-century cathedral.
The city is a hub of several main road routes, and has a railway station, theatre, hospital, schools and museums. The River Lavant runs through, and partly beneath, the city.
All volunteers and the coordinator are very dedicated to their roles and support all who attend the centre. They have in place excellent procedures, so it reduces minimum risk to that attend. The coordinator and volunteers demonstrated that they have good relationships with families. This is achieved through good communication between all concerned.
There is a wealth of experience with volunteers from trainee social worker, teaching assistants, housing officer for the homelessness, mental health worker, pupil referring unit officer, nurse and experience of working at the Centre.
The Centre completed a lot of preparation work to ensure when the Centre reopened, families and volunteers were clear about changes in operation, social distancing and the setup of the Centre. This information was sent out to all regarding the changes to the operation of the Centre prior to reopening. The information also stated to families to bring their own toys for the session and social distancing is in place.
All volunteers receive formal support through reviews held by a member of the management committee, hosting relevant and targeted training, providing personalised support by the Chair of the management who makes regular visits to the centre for snapshot views during and around contact sessions.
Congratulations to the Centre for being awarded a well-deserved community award in 2021 by Chichester City Council for the work the Centre has achieved more importantly in these difficult times. Well done.