"Surestart Retford Children's centre"

About: Retford Central Children's Centre

(as a parent/guardian),

I moved to Retford not knowing many people at all...

I had fled a very abusive marriage....

I was referred to surestart by my health visitor, I was very nervous with meeting new people but after meeting Emily (support worker) I quickly became comfortable in chatting to her,

I had become very isolated at home and felt so alone, Emily encouraged me to go to toddler group with my little boy and also had walks out with me to our local park....

She got me a referral for home talk as my little boy was late with his speech. ..

She visited quite regularly and also told me I could pop to the office and see her if/whenever I needed to...

Which I did quite often in between my appointments....

She gave me emotional support and also helped me gain my confidence back, it was hard going but I felt she was there for me every step of the way...

I can't thank her enough for being there for me and little boy over the past 4/5 years...

I really don't know where I would be if it wasn't for the support she had given me....

I've suffered from depression, ptsd, anxiety for many years...

And she has made a massive difference to mine and my little boys life...

Always felt very welcome by all the staff at the children's centre and my little boy loves to go there....

Emily kept me upto date with all upcoming courses that were available, Early years programme, 123magic....Which I attended and enjoyed it's helped me be a better parent and also I got to meet new friends....

I would highly recommend children's centres to every parent I know if ever they needed support or just to access toddler groups/up coming courses....

Fantastic service and I'm forever grateful for the support they have given me and still do today....

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Responses

Response from Annette Tutalo, Children's Centre Coordinator, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of the Children's Centre.

It is great to know the Family Support you accessed helped you get through a very difficult time and hopefully went someway to restoring your confidence as a parent.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there is anythnig else and please feel free to spread the word about the play sessions and courses
Thank you once again
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Update posted by Angel41 (a parent/guardian)

Thank you Annette

If ever I'm struggling I know I can always call/visit Emily at surestart as I have done so many times, She has always made time for me in between her busy schedule.

I feel it's my safety net and I'm so glad that I was introduced to the children's centre for the support I have received and still do to this day, as I really don't know where I would be today if I hadn't...

I will always recommend the children's centre if ever I see anyone struggling...

And also for the fantastic courses they do.