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Evaluation report of the Liberty Programme and our Play Therapy Service
 
We have recently evaluated the work we have been doing of our Liberty domestic abuse programme and the Play Therapy Support service we provide.  We have found outstanding results with 84% of children improving their strength and difficulties scores between pre and post therapy.  Women attending the Liberty programme demonstrated a 90% increase in their wellbeing scores from below average to above average in just 3-6 months.  Read the full report here!
 
January 2016
 
Our 2015 Annual Report is published!  You can down load from our website or by clicking here.
 
 
December 2015
 
Take a look at our Children's Centre Impact Report for 2014-2015.  Fantastic achievements!  2700 families have used our services over the last year!  Click here for the full report.
 
5th November 2015
 
Goldington Family Centre re-brands at 'Families First Bedfordshire'!  A full announcement can be found by clicking here

26 June 2015

Goldington Family Centre (GfC) has been awarded a grant from The Harpur Trust to continue delivering its domestic abuse programme ‘Liberty’ for the next two years.  The Liberty Programme was founded and established by the Charity over 12 years ago when the Centre Director at the time, Kate Martinow, identified a gap in services for women who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in abusive relationships.  The Trust has donated £25,200 for the next two years to enable the programme to continue running whilst providing GfC a vital opportunity to continue researching the impact the programme has on participants.

The Liberty Programme is a 12 week intervention which aims to improve the safety and wellbeing of women and their children who have experienced or are experiencing abusive relationships.  Evidence from seven recent studies carried out of the Liberty Programme shows that the women attending demonstrated significant reductions in depression, hopelessness and stress.  The studies and their findings have been sent to nine academic conferences such as the 2015 Conference on Education, Research, Humanities, and Statistics in Boston and the 5th International Conference on Education and Social Science (ICESS-2015) in Paris. 

Michael Howe, Chief Executive at GfC said, “Without this vital donation from The Trust the Liberty Programme was at significant risk of being stopped.  This funding will allow us to continue to support women at an extremely difficult time through our unique programme.  It will also enable us to continue our vital research into the impact of the programme which will secure the future of Liberty for years to come.”

“The Trust is delighted to be able to support the Goldington Family Centre and in particular to provide funding for the Liberty programme that offers offer vital support, and hope, to woman and children affected by domestic abuse”, commented Suzanne Sharp, Communications Manager for the Trust.

A full press release can be found here

12 January 2015

We would like to thank our families and colleagues who supported the GfC winter raffle at the end of last year, we raised £220 towards GfC activities.   All the prizes have been claimed, the winning ticket numbers are: 1st Prize = 00243;  2nd Prize = 00759;  3rd Prize = 00229;  Followed by 9 other winning ticket numbers which are; 00616, 01187, 01298, 02066, 00501, 00776, 00248, 00621, 02861. Thank you for your support. 


24 December 2014 
As I retire from GFC today, I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey over the last 28 years. Particularly I want to thank all of you  who have made my last few weeks so special with all the kind words said, the many cards and such generous and special gifts-many, many thanks to families, staff, volunteers, trustees, partners and past friends and colleagues. 
It has been an amazing job and thoroughly rewarding. It has been a provilege to work with so many dedicated people. All the very best for the future of GFC.


Kate Martinow
Centre Director

11 December 2014
Smarteez Nursery Nativity Concert

3rd December 2014
Annual General Meeting
 

31 October 2014

                                                                     


We are very pleased to announce that our latest Ofsted inspection graded us GOOD in all areas. 


We thank all our families and partners in providing us your valuable feedback.

As ever, families come first and we will continue providing excellent services for the children and families in our Network.

Please read the full report here



Children's Centre Timetable

 

To download a copy of our latest timetable please click on the timetable tab above.



September 2014

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3 September 2014

Family day out to Gullivers Land

Families enjoyed a great value day trip to Gulliver's Theme Park in Milton Keynes. 

A free coach was provided by the GfC Fundraising Committee.  Families enjoyed the shows and rides at the Theme Park which is ideal for younger children. A total of 54 children (aged 0-4 years) and their parents/carers joined the family day out on the 3rd September. 



August 2014

Keys to Learning Project receives vital funding

GfC has been awarded a grant of £30,000 from The Harpur Trust for its work aimed at helping pre-school children and their families to raise their educational achievement.  The three year grant will fund the Keys to Learning project, an innovative approach to children’s early years’ education that promotes enjoyable family learning and achieves positive learning outcomes.  GfC delivers this project in partnership with BPHA and local schools; Putnoe Primary, Hazeldene Lower, Priory Lower and Goldington Green Academy.   Kate Martinow, GfC’s Centre Director said: “We recognise that parents/carers are their child’s first educator. This project supports and encourages family learning and improves learning outcomes for children.  Without the funding from the Harpur Trust this innovative project would not be possible. We are very grateful to the Trust for their support of GfC over the years.”  For further information please click on the Specialist Services tab above. 

 


Volunteer and Skills Development Project

GfC's Volunteering and Skills Development project was awarded a grant of £1000 in August 2014 from the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation 'Removing Barriers to Volunteering Fund'. The project delivers education, training and employment guidance to volunteers.  If you would like to improve existing skills and qualifications or require assistance to write a CV then please contact Shirley Claxton, GfC's Adult Learning Co-ordinator telephone 01234 341977


June 2014

Sponsored Walk and Toddle 

A huge thank you to all the children and families who took part in GfC's Sponsored Walk and Toddle.  The event In Russell Park on 11 June 2014, was attended by 66 Children aged 0-4 years and their parent/carers and the children and staff from Smarteez Nursery.  The children enjoyed a warm up session before walking around the Park to raise funds for GfC activities.  All the children received a certificate and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

A total of £236 was raised from this event, thank you once again to everyone who took part.  Hope to see you all at next years Sponsored Walk and Toddle. 


The Volunteer Project

On 7th September 2012, 42 volunteers from Unilever helped to landscape the garden at GfC. The volunteers helped brighten up the outside sheds, fencing and garden benches. They built a friendship bench, placed stepping stones across the garden and planted long grasses to create a secret garden for the children. A stepping tower was also created from reclaimed wood. 

When the children visited their garden for the first time their eyes widened with delight.




We would like to thank the Unilever team for their effort.




Thank you for your kind donations

We have been very fortunate to receive a high number of children’s toys and equipment which have been beneficial to our Centre.

We are in a position where we do not require any additional donations of toys or children’s equipment at present.

Thank you for thinking of GfC. If you do have anything that needs a new home please consider donating to your local charity shop.