Venue details

Address (not for correspondence):
Neutral Ground, William Temple Church Community Centre, Eynsham Drive, Abbey Wood, Greenwich, Greater London, SE2 9PT

Opening hours

Days & Times: Saturday weekly - 10am to 4pm

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: William Temple Church Community Centre, Eynsham Drive, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9PT

Telephone: 07954 211103

Email: contact@neutralground.info

Contact

Website: www.neutralground.info

Telephone: 07954 211103

Email: contact@neutralground.info

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: 04/04/2021

Summary:

Since the centre’s opening in 1993, the centre has expanded their services from opening fortnightly to weekly.

Neutral Ground is situated in South East London, where there are very limited services that provide the kind of service they offer. The nearest similar centre that offered Supported contact sessions was in Bexleyheath but this has since closed and Neutral Ground has taken many referrals from this area.

The Centre has diverse mix of volunteers that represent the community and the families that attend the Centre.

The additional advantage of Neutral Ground over other supported contact centres is that the centre has an outdoor area that is private to the public and has a soft play surface.

The centre had demonstrated that all have worked hard to encourage parents to use the centre as a steppingstone to enhance the quality contact time children have with their absent parent and to improve their own communication between each other.

The volunteers are very experienced and are always available to discuss issues that may arise in a non-judgemental way. The families stated that the volunteers are approachable and when their children have been reluctant to see their absent parent volunteers will nurture them and go at the child/rens pace to reintroduce them.

The coordinator and volunteers through their training events, look at ways of assisting parents to start talking to each other, supporting them in a safe and neutral environment. Strategies used have moved families on that as previously mentioned, get parents who have found it difficult to focus on their children and not be hindered by outside influences.

It is clear from the assessor meeting parents, children and volunteers that Neutral Ground offers an invaluable service for those families that have attended and presently attend. Due to the demand of contact being requested the centre has extended their opening hours and frequency

A great amount of commitment and hard work by the coordinator, volunteers and committee members have ensured the centre is well staffed, supportive, available, welcoming, inviting to all who use the service.

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