Gateway Children's Centre
Centre manager: Julie Blundell
Gateway Children's Centre and Nursery is located within The Gateway, a purpose-built community centre situated in the Ravenscliffe estate in Bradford, one of the most disadvantaged in the district.
Originally a sixth wave Sure Start local programme, it was built in partnership with the Ravenscliffe Community Association.
Since the transition from local programme to a phase one children’s centre, the reach has increased dramatically to include some relatively affluent areas, but many of our children still live in the 10% most disadvantaged within the country. However, within the more affluent areas, we have noted there are pockets of disadvantaged families. The area is predominantly white, but there are increasing numbers of families from ethnic minority groups moving into the area.
The full core offer is delivered from the site and in community locations across the reach. In partnership with the Ravenscliffe Community Association, a range of basic and employment skills programmes are delivered, and also a volunteering programme, benefits advice, food coop and community cafe.
The Health on the Streets programme provides a range of services including counselling, health trainer, smoking cessation, antenatal and breast-feeding support.