Staff from First Steps Surrey Child Contact Centre were able to share first-hand the importance of child contact services with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Following a visit from Dr Ben Spencer (local MP for Weybridge and Runnymede), they were invited by Dr Spencer to a function for local community champions at a local community café; Revive, in Chertsey High Street. This event was also attended by the Prime Minister and therefore the centre staff had the opportunity to meet him and raise awareness of their work.

Kerri, co-ordinator told us:

Our invite explained that as one of our ‘our fantastic community representatives’, we would be joined by a ‘senior UK Government cabinet member’ and ‘many of our great community champions’. We were absolutely amazed, and had a lovely morning meeting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and many other incredible local community champions. What a morning! But it wasn’t long before we headed back to the centre for our next contact session, there was important work to be done, after all.

MP Ben Spencer visits First Steps – “Thank you for the work that you’re doing for families going through a difficult time and for all our children’s futures”

As mentioned above, MP Dr Ben Spencer visited First Steps Surrey Child Contact Centre at the end of February, to meet the team and have a look around.

Dr Spencer said “I just want to say huge thank you to them and the team who work with them for the work that they’re doing for families who are going through a difficult time and for all our children’s futures”.

Kerri, co-ordinator shared “This was a fantastic morning, and it was a pleasure to meet Dr Ben Spencer, spend some time with him, and explain what happens in a child contact centre and the service we provide to the community.” First Steps Surrey has NACCC’s enhanced accreditation for supervised contact and provides a range of supervised and supported contact services from their base at The Literacy Institute in Egham. Find out more on their website.

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