Derby Child Contact Centre, Tea Bar


Established over 20 years ago, the Derby Child Contact Centre provides a safe and happy environment for children to meet their non-resident parent, grandparents or siblings. The group had been working in temporary accommodation after their original premises at Queen’s Hall was sold two years ago but have now moved back, under the new owners.

How did the Community Fund help?

Under the new arrangements the group did not have access to a kitchen, so they started looking for funding to build a tea bar. After applying to the Community Fund they were awarded a grant of £2,200 to fund their project.

Jill Albiston, who volunteers at Derby Child Contact Centre, said: "[The Community Fund] grant will make all the difference to our new premises for the children to spend time with a non-resident parent. It is a rather artificial situation, which we try to make as normal as we can. Being able to go and get a drink, a bag of crisps, or a biscuit helps to break the ice, and feel more like home. The tea bar will do this. The children, parents, and the volunteers will be extremely grateful."

Amanda Page, the co-ordinator at Derby Child Contact Centre, shares how the University of Derby Community Fund helped the group install a kitchen in their new premises.