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Great Yarmouth family contact centre seeks volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:50 17 December 2011

Two sisters have fun at the family contact centre, where they enjoy spending time with their father.

Two sisters have fun at the family contact centre, where they enjoy spending time with their father.

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PRECIOUS relationships between separated parents and their children have been kept alive thanks to volunteers at Great Yarmouth family contact centre.

But the centre is short of volunteers and desperately needs more to come forward to continue its invaluable work.

Supervised contact at the Gorleston centre has helped youngsters maintain bonds with estranged parents where the resident parent had anxieties about leaving their child alone with their ex-partner.

One parent who says he may have lost contact with his daughter forever were it not for the centre is Matthew Wrathall.

The 38-year-old flooring site manager said: “I don’t know what I would do without the centre. I don’t like to think about it.

“It would have been a lot more difficult between me and my daughter and taken a lot longer for that relationship to develop. In many ways it’s for the mother to realise she can trust the father.”

His daughter, who he does not want to name in the paper, is three years old.

He says it was a typical break-up between him and his then partner Lucy Martin, and they were not able to resolve anything through the court system.

But with support, Lucy was able to trust her ex-partner Matthew to see his daughter and they are now able to meet in the community.

All volunteers at the centre under-go child safeguarding training and help families every other Saturday. They always know in advance which families are attending which helps them plan what toys to provide for visiting children.

To volunteer call 07979 428124.

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