A health centre in Great Yarmouth is being converted into a childcare facility, creating 50 much-needed places for the seaside town.

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The transformation of the Cobholm and Lichfield Health and Resource Centre (CLHRC) in Pasteur Road has been widely welcomed with the 50 new childcare places expected to have a “tangible benefit” to the community. The change does, however, means community groups currently using the centre will be forced to move out.

The CLHRC, next door to the Nelson Medical Centre, is operated by the business-support and enterprise body NWES.

Karen Bolton, property manager for NWES, said it was working with community groups, such as the Great Yarmouth Stroke Group and a Parkinson’s support group, to find alternative venues before building work began in February.

In a statement, she said: “The facility will ensure the ongoing sustainability and future of the CLHRC.

The centre had previously received its income working with the local primary care trust, but this ceased in 2013 due to cut backs, since then NWES has been working to find a solution to continue for the centre to stay open.

“While the conversion takes place the centre will still be able to accommodate the existing community groups that make use of the premises and NWES are working with the users to find long-term suitable accommodation to meet their needs once the conversion work is complete,” the statement added.

NWES has secured a £100,000 grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation to carry out the conversion. Once complete, Cobholm and Lichfield Childcare will be able to look after up to 90 children at the centre at one time, 50 more than it currently does.

Ms Bolton said the extension would transform the CLCC into “one of the largest childcare providers in the local area” and would assist local families with the rising cost of childcare.

She added: “The newly created childcare places will be funded which will allow qualifying families to make use of up to 15 hours of free childcare spaces per week and will assist in reducing the deficit between the number of spaces available and the number required.”

The building work at the centre is due to be completed by the end of March ready to accommodate the new intake of children in April.

nThe Great Yarmouth Stoke Group – a social and rehabilitation club with about 30 members, is looking for somewhere to meet from 2pm to 4pm every Thursday. To offer help, call Sue Casey as soon as possible on 01493 781846.

9 comments

  • "do gooder group", "foreigners", "social workers", "in need families" - is that the full list, or was that enough small-mindedness for one post, even for you?

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    Henry the cat

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • More stereo-typing, more bigotry, eh, "V"? The places are needed for those who are working or on "back to work" schemes - unless you think the kids should be walking the streets, of course, or the mothers should give up their jobs. That said, the immediate priority must be to find meeting places for the displaced community groups (one of which I'm a member of). Nearby is Cobholm community centre, which has a more than adequate meeting room (and a bar to boot)!

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    Easterner

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • More stereo-typing, more bigotry, eh, "V"? The places are needed for those who are working or on "back to work" schemes - unless you think the kids should be walking the streets, of course, or the mothers should give up their jobs. That said, the immediate priority must be to find meeting places for the displaced community groups (one of which I'm a member of). Nearby is Cobholm community centre, which has a more than adequate meeting room (and a bar to boot)!

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    Easterner

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • So if you don't understand the term qualifying families, why not make up some wildly inaccurate and offensive assumptions....... All three and four-year olds now "qualify" for 15 hours free childcare per week funded by the government, and this is now being extended to two-year olds as well. Not all nurseries accpet this funding, but this one does. Good luck to the Nursery, and to the clubsgroups in finding a new location for their meetings.

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    Tricki

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The truth hurts, doesn't it HTC ?

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • This is going along the same lines as when about 5 years ago a sports club was forced to move out of the drill hall, all because some do gooder group who looks after foreigners demanded to have the place all to themselves, with the blessing of the then Tory council. Right then HTC & Tricki, seeing as we all have different opinions of the words "Qualifying families" perhaps Bolton will respond or the EDP can find out the meaning of the phrase, or will the whole lot be hijacked by the social workers who will start their demands for their so called "in need " families kids to attend ?. As sure as night follows day, those with a job (low pay or otherwise) will be exempt.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • So 50 more places for those whose only contribution to Yarmouth life is breeding and collecting benefits (with the blessing of the CLHRC) whilst worthwhile groups such as the stroke and parkinsons groups can go and "take a hike". Sums up Yarmouth. Look after the bone idle and stuff the rest.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • It's called "low paid". Why not save your bigotry to comment on something you know about, 'cos you o bviously know nowt at all about this.

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    Henry the cat

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • "She added: “The newly created childcare places will be funded which will allow qualifying families to make use.........". Easterner. Define "qualifying families" ?. This sentence says it all.

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    "V"

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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