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Sythwood Celebration Evening 2018

Tuesday night saw Sythwood Children’s Centre hold a celebration evening at the H.G. Wells Centre in Woking for students who had taken part in the adult education courses offered by the centre, to parents and carers of children living in the local area.

Through the adult education programme at Sythwood, parents are able to get back in to education, gain formal qualifications and develop their personal and professional skills with the added benefit of a crèche where their children are looked after whilst they study.

The celebration evening which was organised by staff at the children’s centre with support from Woking Borough Council, began with drinks and a warm welcome from staff, followed by speeches from the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Chair of Governers at Sythwood Primary School & Children’s Centre, Ruth Simpson congratulating the students on their achievements and giving a special mention to the crèche workers who make it possible for the parents to take time out to study. Kirsty Angus, a tutor from Woking College who had taught the English GCSE and ESOL classes also said a few words before certificates recognising everyone’s hard work and commitment to learning, were presented.

Inspiring stories from the students were displayed on the night including one of a local parent, Pratima Joshi whose history as a victim of domestic abuse brought her to Woking in July 2015. “When I came to Woking I had no clue on Children’s Centres or about the courses and facilities it provided, my morale was so low but then I found Sythwood Children’s Centre. I first started coming to play sessions with my daughter to get out of the house but then gradually I learnt about the other things they do so I applied for some courses. I’ve now completed many courses from HENRY to Parenting Puzzle then Childcare Level 3 to GCSE English. I also got the opportunity to volunteer in the ESOL classes to help students improve their English whilst improving my own, since then I have also managed to get a job at a local nursery.”

Ms Joshi added, “I can’t thank the children’s centre enough for changing my life. I made new friends and if it was not for the funding provided and amazing staff at the centre it would been difficult to crawl back. With the uncertainty surrounding the future of children’s centres, I really hope this support can continue in future so people like me can grow themselves with help provided.”