Children’s centres set for takeovers
CHILDREN’S centres are set to be run by schools and voluntary organisations as a council looks to ‘empower communities’ in a bid to tackle deprivation.
A total of five children’s centres in Bury are up for grabs in the first stage of the community asset transfer process.
This comes after the council agreed to allow a Jewish charity to take over Sedgley
Children’s Centre in Prestwich.
Local authority chiefs have hailed the ‘brave’ proposal as an opportunity to improve outcomes for children across the borough.
But some say that it smacks of ‘abdicating responsibility’.
Coun Tamoor Tariq, cabinet member for children and families, told a scrutiny committee why the council is taking the new approach. He said: “What we want to do is, not to take away the services in children’s centres, but to improve and build up from them. There are things we need to address.”
The centres included operate from Broad Oak High School and Butterstile, Radcliffe Hall CE Methodist and Woodbank primary schools, as well as one in Coronation Road in Radcliffe.