I had the pleasure of speaking recently at the Abingdon Contact Centre’s Annual General Meeting. It allowed me to ask them some questions about the centre and I thought I would share what I learned.

What is a Contact Centre?

At a Child Contact Centre, children living with one parent can meet and spend time with the other parent in a warm and pleasant environment. It is a safe, comfortable and neutral ground for child and parent to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Who is it for?

Abingdon Contact Centre aims to help children whose parents are separated and in circumstances in which children may not otherwise be able to see one parent.

What facilities will I find there?

The Centre offers a large sitting/play area, provided with toys and games for all ages, and there is space for quiet conversation. Tea, coffee, soft drinks etc. are available to buy.

How can I use the Centre?

Arrangements can be made through mediation; your solicitor, the Court, your social worker or you can self-refer.

How much does it cost?

There is a charge of £1 per parent and a small charge for refreshments.

How often can we use the centre?

The centre is open from 10.30am-12.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

Are there facilities for the disabled?

There is wheelchair access.

If you would like to know more about Abingdon Contact Centre, please contact the co-ordinator, Shirley Thompson on 07949 357043.

If you would like to use mediation to discuss the arrangements for your children, please contact me on 07706 513 496 or email polly@abingdonfamilymediation.co.uk.

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