"Transition in to the Community"

About: Chilwell Children's Centre

(as a service user),

We relocated from Ripon, north Yorkshire to Chilwell, Nottingham when I had my second daughter Ella.

Settling in the community with my two little girls and husband who works with the Armed forces and away most of the time on deployments made it very difficult and challenging to settle.

Being new to the area and my child due for weighing, I was directed to Chilwell Children Centre where having finished weighing my child, realised it was a very good setting and have friendly atmosphere.

The environment was welcoming, safe and family based so I started a routine of going to the centre with my children to play with other children while I also try to blend in by socialising and also get to know my community more since I did not have many friends.

The staffs made me aware there were courses running if I am interested I can enrol and creche is available for children during the time of the programme. I thought it was a golden opportunity for me to improve on my career and qualification so I grabbed it with both hands.

Since then I have successfully attended few courses such as:

• Confidence Building

• Assertiveness

• Mindfulness

• IT and Job Search

Which have really enhanced my knowledge in life and also helped me to make more friends. In effect looking at where I started and my situation now I have made progress and am quite happy because these have build my confidence and prepared me in way to find a job and pursue my long go career ambition as a Nurse and feel a lot happier now!

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Response from Steve Lack, District Manager (Broxtowe Cluster), Sure Start Children's Centre, Health Partnerships

Hi Lizatree,

Thank you for this posting. I am really pleased that you have found the Children's Centre a warm and welcoming environment and you feel that the courses are of benefit to you. It is great to hear how you have been able to find new friends through your attendance at the centre and that you now feel more confident and prepared to meet the challenges that pursuing a career within nursing will present.

I wish you all the best in the future and hope you continue to use the Children's Centre whilst pursuing you goal.



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Response from Andy White, Training and Learning Facilitator, Sure Start Children's Centres, Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership, Health Partnerships

HI Lizatree

As a Children's Centre we have been working hard to ensure our services are accessible and equitable for all families within the local community especially Armed service families. We understand how difficult it can be integrating into a new community and we work to help with this transition. we offer a weekly messy play session every Monday afternoon on Chetwynd Barracks and have recently supported the Chillfest event on the barracks to help promote the service we offer. We are also looking at providing adult education courses on the barracks in September. Im glad your experience accessing our children's centre is a positive one and I do hope you will involve us further in your journey. Our community development worker Eleanor would be more than happy to help you with accessing your "access to nursing" course and help empower you further to fullfill your career ambition.

Many thanks

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