Press Release

Press release 07-04-06

New charity in Armagh City - ARMAGH CHILD CONTACT CENTRE

A new cross community service aimed at supporting separated families in arranging contact with children has been launched in Armagh City today.

The Official Launch of the Centre was hosted by the Steering Committee of Armagh Child Contact Centre. The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Mayor of Armagh – John Campbell, Archbishop Robin Eames, Archbishop Seán Brady, and Lady Eames. Also in attendance were representatives from local community, voluntary and statutory organisations. Armagh Child Contact Centre is held at Crozier Hall in the grounds of St Mark’s Church of Ireland Church. It opens from 10am to 12 noon on the first three Saturdays of each month, providing a safe comfortable neutral environment where non-resident parents can interact with their children. Resident parents have the use of a ‘private room’, so that separated parents do not have to meet one another.

The centre is staffed by a co-ordinator and volunteers from a group of twenty-five, who attend on a rota basis. The centre accepts families from a wide geographical area, where no significant risk to the child or those around the child has been identified. The Centre is part of a national framework of similar centres and operates under guidance from the NACCC – National Association of Child Contact Centres. Referrals to the centre are made by social workers, solicitors and by parents. Many families have come through the courts, with Contact Orders in place. For those wishing to obtain a copy of the Centre’s brochure or “Guidelines for Referrers”, more information on its service or to discuss a potential referral, please telephone the Centre Co-ordinator on 07914959377, or go to www.armaghchildcontactcentre.org


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