New community centre set to open its doors

A NEW community facility offering a range of services to local residents will open its doors tomorrow.

The former caretaker’s bungalow at Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, has been transformed to provide services for children and families including baby clinics, health drop ins, play sessions and adult education courses from Monday to Friday.

Mayor Stuart Drummond will cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening of the building at 11.30am. This will be followed by an Open Day until 2.30pm when residents will be able to visit and find out more about what’s on offer.

The bungalow will provide a range of services for families and children in the Seaton Grange area of the town and will offer a variety of family-based initiatives delivered by Golden Flatts Primary School and in addition to this host many of the of the services that were located at the former Children’s Centre in Lealholme Road.

The school is keen to work with the community and a range of partners to provide the best possible services to meet local needs.

Mayor Drummond said: “This is a partnership between Hartlepool Borough Council Children’s Centres, Golden Flatts Primary School and other key organisations which will result in a wide range of services being provided to people in the south of the town from a single building.

“In the current economic climate it makes sense to come together with other organisations to provide services in this way and it also means that residents can access many services from one location.”

Golden Flatts headteacher Sue Sharpe said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the community and we are looking forward to working in partnership with other organisations in order to provide first class services for all families in the local area.”

Avis Brough, community involvement worker with Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s centres, added: “We hope that residents will join us for the Open Day when there will crafts, face-painting, refreshments and a singing performance by children from Golden Flatts Primary School.

“Although we already have a range of services and activities planned at the centre, we also want to listen to local people to see what services and activities they would like provided.”

For further information, contact Golden Flatts Primary School on (01429) 274711 or e-mail