Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP officially opened new NSPCC service centre in Crewe

The NSPCC celebrated the opening of its new service centre in Crewe with an official launch on Tuesday 1 July. Edward Timpson, Children’s Minister and MP for Crewe and Nantwich, joined the celebrations and did the honours by cutting the ribbon.  

Edward Timpson MP oficially opens new NSPCC Centre in CreweEdward was joined at the opening by NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless and Dorothy Flude, Former Mayor of Cheshire East who presented the charity with a £1,700 cheque from money raised for the charity during the last year.

Edward Timpson, said:
“I am thrilled to have been invited to the opening of the new NSPCC Rainbow Centre in Crewe.
I have supported the work the NSPCC does for many years and it’s great to see a charity like the NSPCC investing and expanding in our local community with supportive services that help vulnerable children and families.”

NSPCC logoOver 50 guests attended the launch event, including NSPCC supporters and volunteers from across the region, and professionals from social care, health and education. Guests had the opportunity to meet the NSPCC team and hear about the services being offered by the children’s charity locally.

Alex Modder, Service Centre Manager for the NSPCC in Crewe said:
“The NSPCC has had a presence in Crewe for more than 100 years and the launch of this new NSPCC service Centre marks our commitment to deliver vital services to local families in the years to come.

We are delighted with the new Rainbow Centre which is a bright, colourful welcoming place for children, families and other professionals to visit.
The services we offer here are aimed at helping children and parents to feel supported to overcome family difficulties, strengthen family relationships and ensure that children are kept safe.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a public thank you to all of our supporters without whom we would not exist.”

The new NSPCC Rainbow Centre, on Oak Road in the heart of the town, has 12 staff and offers cutting edge services for vulnerable children and families across Cheshire East, including services for children suffering neglect, and children in families where drug and alcohol problems exist.

These services include:

  • SafeCare® – Helping parents give neglected children under five the high level of care and attention they need. We visit homes when young children are referred to us due to neglect. We show parents how to play with their children, keep them healthy, and handle difficult behaviour. We help parents make the home safe and establish safe routines.
  • Graded Care Profile – Using a national assessment tool designed to help practitioners identify when a child is at risk of neglect.  It allows practitioners to produce an objective measure of the quality of care given to a child. It looks at four key areas, including physical, safety, love and esteem.  Graded Care Profile helps to advise a range of services for children in Cheshire East to determine what further action needs to be taken to support children and their families.
  • Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP) – A group work programme, for children aged 5-12 years, who parents misuse substances. Practitioners lead groups of up to five children over 10 weekly sessions. Parents also receive support on an individual basis.

To find out more about the services on offer at the Crewe Service Centre, please contact the team on 0207 650 3330 or email: crewe.service.centre@nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC would also like to thank the following local companies in Crewe for their kind support and donations towards the launch event.
These are: Morrisons, ASDA and Marks and Spencer in Crewe and Bramwells Opticians in Sandbach.