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.
Stephen Twigg strongly criticised the Government for closing 400 Sure Start Centres: “Now is the time to raise the temperature on this. Sure Start is the best thing the last Labour Government did and I am delighted that Labour Friends of Sure Start is being launched tonight.”
Ed Balls emphasised that “Sure Start is the expression of a philosophy, that children get the best start in life when the community comes together.” He stressed that “This is a policy issue. It is a moral issue. It is a campaigning issue.”
We are very grateful to UNISON for their kind sponsorship of our Launch.
Labour Friends of Sure Start is here to champion the priceless services Sure Start provides for hundreds of thousands of families.
We will draw attention to this great work and will campaign hard to preserve our Centres. We will also act as a mini think tank, highlighting the clear research support for investing in the Early Years – and we will generate new ideas about the future of Sure Start.
We want to give a voice to everyone who is passionate about Sure Start.
Perhaps you’re a parent, an employee or volunteer at a Sure Start Centre, or maybe you’ve been involved in a campaign to protect a Children’s Centre. Or perhaps you’re just really passionate about supporting families and investing in the Early Years.
We’d love to hear your story, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org