Labour MP Bill Esterson encourages people to sign up to activiti

Maghull Labour MP Bill Esterson with Molyneux Ward Labour Councillor Tony Carr, Hudson Primary headteacher Nicki Craddock and Sure Start manager Kelly Herron.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was hugely impressed by the facilities and classes available to new and soon-to-be-parents at Maghull's Hudson Sure Start Children's Centre.

The MP met with the Moorhey Road centre manager Kelly Herron and Hudson Primary School headteacher Nicki Craddock.

During his visit, in which he was joined by Molyneux Ward Labour Councillor Tony Carr, Bill heard about some of the classes available at the centre which serves
families throughout East Sefton.

Kelly told Bill and Cllr Carr about some of the services the centre provides.

Kelly said: "We serve an area in East Sefton which has 1,506 children. On our books we have around 1,000 children. That means there is a third of families in this area who don't use us, and that is simply because they don't know about us.

"We offer a fantastic range of free services providing a one-stop shop for the whole family here at Hudson. We focus on supporting the entire family, not just the child. Visitors to our centre will discover a huge range of services on offer, and whether you need a friendly shoulder to lean on or want to take part in the range of activities available, Hudson Children's Centre has everything that you need under one roof.

"Parents, guardians and parents-to-be come here for a full range of services and they always go away with more than they expected. From learning new skills to simply meeting new people. We are more than just a centre we are a community within the community."

Bill encouraged people to register with the centre.

Bill said: "Hudson Sure Start Children's Centre really is a fantastic facility to have here in Maghull. It was under-threat because of government cuts, but the council saved it after a fantastic campaign from people right here who know just how important a facility this is.

"I have spoken to new parents who have told me that they have found Hudson Sure Start Centre to be a real lifeline. Lots of people who care for very young children can find it a very isolating experience as they lose touch with other adults. Many people who have felt this way say the Sure Start Centre is a place not just to pick up new skills and get support when they need it, but it is also a place where you can meet other adults and exchange experiences. That can be more valuable than anything.

"That is why I would urge any young family who has yet to make contact with Hudson Sure Start Centre to either drop in, or give them a call.

"It is a brilliant place, with a brilliant team and fantastic facilities that we are lucky to have."

To find out more about Hudson Sure Start Children's Centre, call 0151 531 0117.


Maghull Labour MP Bill Esterson with Molyneux Ward Labour Councillor Tony Carr, Hudson Primary headteacher Nicki Craddock and Sure Start manager Kelly Herron.



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