Supporting Sure Start in Rotherham

Across the country communities are seeking creative ideas to protect their Sure Start Centres.

LFoSS is delighted to be working with Sarah Champion MP to develop exciting new delivery models for Sure Start in Rotherham.

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham

Rotherham is a disadvantaged community which has been hit hard by heartless Tory cuts. Under relentless attack by the Government, Rotherham Council is consulting on substantial changes to its Sure Start provision.

Sarah Champion and LFoSS are working together with the local community to devise an exciting alternative structure for provision, based on a co-operative model. We are keen that this model can subsequently serve as a template for communities across the country. Continue reading

LFoSS and Progress Roundtable

We were delighted to team up with Progress to host a highly successful roundtable on the vital importance of Sure Start Centres earlier this month.

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Please return soon for a full report on this excellent event. Until then we would like to thank the Panel: Shadow Children’s Minister, Lucy Powell MP,  Cllr Michael Pavey, Director of Labour Friends of Sure Start, Jess Asato and Ruth Cadbury, PPCs respectively for Norwich North and Brentford & Isleworth.

Sure Start, Sure Future

Sure Start, Sure Future Conference Fringe Event

Thank you very much to everyone who packed our Labour Party Conference fringe event to the rafters. Special thanks to our superb panel of Polly Toynbee, Sharon Hodgson MP, Anne Longfield from 4Children and Karen Jennings from UNISON.

We were delighted with both the turnout at the event and the quality of the debate at it. Contributors were adamant that even in times of the darkest austerity, Sure Start funding must be protected and prioritised. There was also a strong consensus that public health partnerships were fundamental to the future of Sure Start. Continue reading

Labour Friends of Sure Start Launch Event – February 2013.

Labour Friends of Sure Start is a brand new organisation established to celebrate, champion and campaign for our Sure Start Children’s Centres.

A very warm thanks to everyone who attended our Launch Event on 12th February 2013. In addition to our keynote speakers, Ed Balls MP and Steven Twigg MP, we were delighted to welcome MPs, Peers, Assembly Members, Councillors – as well as Children’s Services professionals and Sure Start users.

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg MP launches Labour Friends of Sure Start

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg MP launches Labour Friends of Sure Start

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