Key worker hubs finish on a high

Throughout the health crisis North Lanarkshire Summer Community Hubs have been providing an essential service for children and young people and families

Summer Hubs

The nine hubs were supported by staff from Culture and Leisure NL (CLNL), Community Learning and Development and Active Schools.

The Summer hubs and ten family learning centres (providing childcare for babies and children up to five years) were set up by the council to provide support to families of keyworkers, children with additional support needs and vulnerable children.

They will all now come to a close at the start of the new school term.

From the outset of the pandemic the council provided essential childcare to thousands of children and young people, allowing parents working in the frontline of essential services, including the NHS, to get to work.

Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families, said: "The hubs have been a lifeline for so many key workers, who have been fighting COVID-19 on the frontline and supporting the delivery of essential services.

"They have made a huge difference to the lives of so many families in recent months and I'd like to pay special thanks to everyone involved in making them a success. At the height of the pandemic, hubs provided seven days a week support to 31,645 children of key workers.

"These have been - and continue to be - exceptionally challenging times, so I am incredibly grateful to our council and CLNL staff for going above and beyond throughout.

"More than 40 young volunteers also played a key role in supporting our hubs, showing an incredible level of commitment, hard work and flexibility. They are a credit to the youth service, their families, and North Lanarkshire."

The hubs also offered volunteering opportunities for our young people, allowing them to play a positive role within their communities.  Many of the youth leaders were actively involved in youth work and it has been vitally important to their own mental health and wellbeing  to be part of the project.

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