The Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre works in partnership with Salford City Council.  We provide services primarily but not exclusively for the benefit of those of the Orthodox Jewish persuasion.  We promote health through traditional means and supplementary activities, promote children’s development through play and structured activities.

 

The Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre is part of the Broughton children’s centre cluster. Our services work hand in hand with the every child matters agenda of be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, achieve economic wellbeing, the centre is a unique partnership between Aguda North West and Salford city council our main aim is to bring culturally appropriate services to a Community that would not access elsewhere.

   A day in the Life of The Hershel Weiss Centre   

           'Summer Soiree' Slideshow 2011           

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The Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre works in partnership with Salford City Council.  We provide services primarily but not exclusively for the benefit of those of the Orthodox Jewish persuasion.  

We promote health through traditional means and supplementary activities, promote children’s development through play and structured activities.

 

The Hershel Weiss Children and Family Centre is part of the Broughton children’s centre cluster.

 

Our services work hand in hand with the every child matters agenda of be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, achieve economic wellbeing, the centre is a unique partnership between Aguda North West and Salford city council our main aim is to bring culturally appropriate services to a Community that would not access elsewhere.

The centre incorporates a specially designed training room, book, toy and training library, health clinic, crèche facilities, family room, various offices, a lift and a disabled toilet.

 

We also offer Family support, mother and baby clinics, drop in play counselling, SEN support, trips and activities for the underprivileged, and benefit and personal grant support.

Over the past year over 300 families per week are currently accessing services at the centre. An increase of 50 families. Currently 107% of 0-5 in the local community are registered with our service and 84% are engaging with us.

This is based on information from the council's EMS data recording system.

In the recent Higher Broughton cluster Ofsted report described the work of the Hershel Weiss centre as a place where potential barriers are removed with great sensitivity and skill so that local families receive the help they require.

Over the past 18 months, 80% of our workload has increased to support the growing number of families and children accessing our ethnically appropriate services, requiring more support due to a number of issues affecting parents or children including parental mental health, poverty and debt victims of abuse and an increasing number of lone parents.

 

This means our services have to target even further into an already ethnically sensitive and economically deprived group.

We have now set up a new project working directly with the growing number of single parent families in the community we have now been awarded 3 further years of BBC children in need funding to work with these families.

Our range of services has grown and we now support families much more holistically, we offer support to get holiday, furniture, home safety, clothing grants as well as counselling and activities for children with disabilities.

Written by a parent and printed in a local newspaper:​

Although this piece is titled, 'the ever-changing face...', a better word would really be 'growing and developing', for however many changes the centre is making, they are really only improvements on the extraordinary work they are already doing. The only changes are the way in which the Hershel Weiss Centre is accessing more people and organisations, both as partners in their wonderful activities, and in the number of local families they are reaching out to and helping.”

 

The Hershel Weiss Centre has also been on the cutting edge of Family and Community Learning Provision in East Salford successfully allowing some of society’s most excluded and disadvantaged to access high quality learning in a unique, non-judgemental, ethnically appropriate environment. In the past our courses have empowered people to challenge poverty of aspiration and enter further education, employment and training.

 

Some of our most recent highlights include:

 

• Jcom jobs fair partnership  • Paediatric first aid training for teachers and parents, both men and women  • Safeguarding event for parents  • Engagement of many hard to reach families through the launch of our summer programme  • Development of partnership to use kosher savers as another venue to deliver form over the summer  • Award nomination for adult’s computers for dummies course  • Sue Woodgate's minuted comments of appreciation at OJF in August re Hershel Weiss help with the Ofsted good safeguarding result within Salford council  • Engagement of many hard to reach families through the incredible summer programme  • Development of new adult education programme based on engaging with the most hard to reach  • Engagement of many new families moving into the lower Broughton area through the kosher savers summer programme  • Consultation on outdoor area  • CVS model bid to lottery for extra support based on Hershel Weiss case study  • Successfully winning of 5 years reaching community funding for our new project jigsaw in partnership with Binoh and Salford to support the most vulnerable

 

 

All this has been recognised and paid off and in February 2017 Salford Council informed us that we are one of only 2 groups in Salford to receive a 5 year contract for services starting April 2017 for Aguda North West at a time of such government austerity this is the highest accolade we could receive. The trustees confirm that they have referred to the guidance on public benefit when reviewing the charity’s aims and objectives and in planning future activities and setting the grant making policy.