NSPCC to close Catterick centre due to lack of funding

The NSPCC has announced it is to close its Catterick Garrison centre because of a lack of funding.

The charity is shutting the Almond Tree Project, based at the Army Welfare Service buildings in Smuts Road.

The scheme runs a number of services for military and civilian families with young children, including drop-in sessions and the Baby Steps programme, which helps parents cope with a new baby.

A letter has been sent to user of the service saying the centre was paid for by Libor funding which has now run out.

The letter adds: “Considerable effort and time has been devoted to finding alternative sources of funding for our services.

“However, this has been unsuccessful resulting in the difficult decision to close the Catterick Service Centre.”

The letter says staff will talk to service users about alter native places to get support.

Commenting on the closure, an NSPCC spokesperson said: “The NSPCC is there for millions of children across the UK and our fight for every childhood continues to provide support and help when they need it most.

“Government funding for our successful work with military families has come to an end and it’s really important that we carefully consider running costs and investment.

“Families currently using our services at Catterick Garrison will be able to complete them comfortably. And, going forward, will still be able to access a variety of NSPCC resources and advice.

“Our expanded schools service, helplines and products for parents mean we will be there for even more children who need our support.”

The centre will close on June 28.