Accrington welcomes new charity support centre

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The Mayor of Hyndburn officially cut the ribbon on a new community-wide charity support and information centre within Accrington Arndale last week.

Leading specialist charity, Caritas Care, formally opened its doors with the support of Mayor Judith Addison during a special launch event, which took place within the new multi-service community support centre.

Mayor of Hyndburn Judith Addison said: “Given that over 4,000 children are waiting to be adopted in the North-West, it is essential that Caritas Care promotes itself in East Lancashire so that many more adopters and foster carers can be recruited to meet this need.  Their presence in Hyndburn is very welcome.”

The Mayor managed to meet social workers and volunteers, as well as see first hand the support Caritas Care offers the community including, adoption and fostering, learning disability services, care in the community and much more.

The store will be Caritas’s first, multi-service centre in Accrington offering both a venue for ‘React’, a self-advocacy community project for people with a learning disability, and also a venue for information and advice on Fostering and Adoption.

Amanda Forshaw, director of Services at Caritas Care, said: “We are thrilled to have opened our first ever full service support and information centre in Accrington. We hope this centre will encourage more people within the community to come forward and obtain the right support and information they may need. Our service centre offers free, informal and confidential advice on everything from fostering and adoption, to hearing and disability support.”

Caritas Care’s free Fostering & Adoption Information events will be held every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm throughout the year, providing free support and advice to those thinking about adoption and/or fostering.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about Caritas Care and adoption and fostering can visit or call 0800 652 6955.