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Family Centre in Welshpool set to open next month

Family Centre in Welshpool set to open next month

30 September 2022


Work to refurbish the Oldford infant school site in Welshpool to create an Integrated Family Centre in the area is now complete. 

The Welshpool Integrated Family Centre opening on 10th October 2022 will be a “one stop shop” providing services and support to children, young people and their families. The centre will provide activities such as parent and toddler groups, baby massage, information and advice, Incredible Years Parenting Training programmes, health advice, family support and counselling. 

The refurbishment of the building situated in the heart of a Flying Start catchment was funded by Welsh Government Flying Start Capital funding.  

Powys County Council’s Cabinet member for Future Generations, Cllr Susan McNicholas says; ‘The new centre will help children, young people and their families access support from a wide range of early help and intervention services all on the same site. These services will work together to meet the family’s needs.   

“In the heart of the community the site is an opportunity to have services in one place. It will provide childcare as well as office and community spaces.” 

The Flying Start team who include Health Visitors and Speech and Language professionals will move from the Maesydre Offices in Welshpool to the site. They will be joined by Powys County Council’s Children’s Early Help Team and Youth Services. The council’s Adult Services staff, along with colleagues from agencies such as Montgomeryshire Family Centre, will also share the office space within the building. 

Flying Start childcare and Foundation Phase provision is now available to families at the site. 

Local families can find out more on the Facebook page @Welshpool0-5

Viability work starts on establishing Welsh-medium education in mid Powys

Viability work starts on establishing Welsh-medium education in mid Powys

30 September 2022

Image of a primary school classroom

Work to explore the possibility of establishing Welsh-medium education at a new location in mid Powys has begun, the county council has said.

Powys County Council is investigating the viability of establishing Welsh-medium education in the current Llanfihangel Rhydithon C.P. School building in Dolau near Llandrindod Wells.

A key element of the work includes assessing the possible demand for Welsh-medium education across East Radnorshire.

To help with the assessment, the council has produced a questionnaire for parents of primary and pre-school aged pupils and those considering starting a family in the Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Presteigne areas to complete.

Cllr Pete Roberts, Cabinet Member for a Learning Powys, said: “Within Scrutiny before the election, I called for an analysis of the viability of using the Dolau site as a new Welsh-medium school for East Radnorshire.

“Following the election, the new Cabinet has delayed the implementation of the proposal to close Llanfihangel Rhydithon C.P School for 12 months to 31 August 2023 to ensure this proposition has been thoroughly considered and an opportunity for developing the language is not lost.

“As part of this work, we have produced this questionnaire to assess possible demand for Welsh-medium education in East Radnorshire and whether this provision would be viable or not in Dolau.

“I would urge parents of primary and pre-school aged pupils living in Llandrindod Wells, Knighton and Presteigne to fill in this questionnaire to help the council have the most detailed picture of the potential for a Welsh medium (bilingual for all) school in the area.”

To fill in the questionnaire visit www.haveyoursaypowys.wales/dolau-wm

Parents have until Thursday, October 27 to submit their responses.

Further information about the questionnaire is available by emailing [email protected]

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