Coronavirus and family centres
Our buildings are closed but outreach workers are still working and offering family support to those who need it. Support is offered to families, by phone, email and video calling. In some cases, dropping off resources following social distancing guidelines. All group activities have been stopped until further notice.
The type of support outreach workers can offer to families are:
- access to resources
- helping families in need to access food vouchers or food parcels
- delivering hygiene packs for families in isolation
- delivery of activity packs, including ideas, art and craft resources
- loaning of toys and books
- coordination of support to provide resources for babies, clothes, equipment etc
- access to Healthy Start vitamins for families in receipt of vouchers
- parenting support in difficult times
- supporting parents with strategies to manage children in the home
- supporting parental relationships, particularly managing conflict caused by isolation
- signposting to online parenting and family sessions
- wellbeing and financial advice
- offering advice and support on wellbeing during isolation
- financial advice.
Family centres are supporting families' individual circumstances, therefore not all centres will be offering the same services. Access to the family centres outreach is through the Children's Single Point of Access (C-SPA).
Surrey County Council is progressing plans for there to be one Family Centre in Tandridge based in Caterham. Whilst a permanent building is being sourced, the new Tandridge Family Centre will be based at Hurst Green Infant School.
The Tandridge Family Centre is providing outreach services for families where challenging family circumstances are having a significant impact on the health, development or wellbeing of the child/children living in the home. Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, this support is provided by telephone or social media or by helping the families to access essential supplies until the social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Tandridge Family Centre – offering a community-based outreach service for families from July 2020
The new family centre for Tandridge is operated by Barnardos a national charity with experience of providing targeted services for the most vulnerable children and young people. Barnardos is already a partner working with us in Surrey.
The new Tandridge Family Centre offers an outreach model of family support service across Tandridge supporting families where it best suits their needs. This could be in the family home, at local community venues or in the centre itself, they visit families most in need who live anywhere in the Tandridge district. There will be some activities for groups of families who need extra help who share the same issues, for example, postnatal depression or parenting. In addition, staff will signpost families to activities run in the community by other organisations.
Requests for family support for families who need targeted help can be made through https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/childrens-social-care/contact-childrens-services. The C-SPA provides residents and people who work with children in Surrey with direct information, advice and guidance about where and how to find the appropriate support for children and families.
Contact details for family centres in Tandridge are listed below. For centres in other areas of Surrey, visit our main Family Centres page.
Tandridge Family Centre (open)
Hurst Green Infant School
Tel: 01883 723496
Caterham Children's Centre (closed 30 June 2020)
The centre is located on two sites. Services from both sites will cease in June 2020 however activities will run from other community venues in Caterham until our new refurbished centre in Caterham is ready.
Marden Lodge Primary School
Opposite the Animal Hospital
Tel: 01883 348641
Caterham Children's Centre website
Hamsey Green Sure Start Children's Centre (closed 30 June 2020)
Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham, CR6 9AP
Tel: 01883 625255
Hurst Green and Holland Sure Start Children's Centre (closed 30 June 2020)
Wolfs Wood Hurst Green, Oxted, RH8 0HJ
Tel: 01883 723496
St Piers Sure Start Children's Centre (closed 30 June 2020)
St Piers Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6PW
Tel: 01342 831306
The Windmill Sure Start Children's Centre (closed 30 June 2020)
2 Wheelers Lane, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9PT
Tel: 01342 841586