Chichester Child Contact Centre open day

THE Chichester Child Contact Centre will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with two events next week.

The first event will take place on Thursday, July 7 at Christ Church, in Old Market Avenue, where long-serving volunteers will be presented with certificates for their service.

In addition a cheque will be presented to the group by a representative of the solicitors group Resolution.

During the afternoon the group will also be holding its annual meeting, which will culminate in the cutting of a celebration cake by its oldest volunteer, Ivy Buckhurst, 93.

A series of training sessions will then be held for volunteers.

On Saturday, July 9, the centre will be holding an open morning from 10.30am until 12.30pm when people from across the community will be able to find out about the organisation’s work and the vital service it provides to families across the area.

The centre was set up under the WRVS by Karen Cave with the support of a number of volunteers, many of whom are still involved with the organisation.

It opens on alternate Saturday mornings throughout the year as a venue where children and their non-resident parent can meet at a neutral venue.

It is accredited to the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) and figures for January to December 2010 show 37 families have used the facilities.