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Holyhead community centre given flying start with £1.1m Welsh Government investment

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

The newly refurbished and extended Jesse Hughes Community Centre in Holyhead will play an important role in giving children in the area a flying start in life, First Minister Carwyn Jones has said.
Thursday 12 November 2015

The First Minister officially opened the centre today which has been completed thanks to £1.1m funding from the Welsh Government’s Flying Start Programme  and Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

The Jesse Hughes Centre is a valuable community resource and capital funding has been used to refurbish the venue and create a new Flying Start centre on site.

The new Flying Start centre will ensure that more than 50 young children benefit from care provision every day, as well as providing office accommodation and a venue for group work.

Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s targeted Early Years Programme for families with children under four years of age in some of the most deprived areas of Wales.  It includes free high quality, part time childcare for two – three year olds, an enhanced health visiting programme and access to parenting programmes.  

The centre also provides key educational services to parents, young people and children in Holyhead. These include regular youth clubs, community groups and a Pupil Referral Unit for young people unable to attend mainstream education.

The project is being funded through a Flying Start capital grant investment of over £856,000 and Vibrant and Viable Places funding worth £330,000.  

First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

“The Jesse Hughes Centre here in Holyhead is an important community asset and will offer excellent facilities and support to families in the area.

“I am very pleased we have been able to invest £1.1 million in modernising the centre and making it a base for our Flying Start scheme.

“Flying Start is a priority of the Welsh Government. The scheme supported over 600 children in Anglesey during 2014-15, helping make an important difference to their lives and their parents.”

Anglesey’s Supporting Families Unit Manager, Bethan Hywel Jones, explained:

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to obtain funding from the Welsh Government to support the re-development of the Jesse Hughes Centre which focuses on two of its Tackling Poverty Programmes. Through these Programmes, Anglesey County Council will be able to provide valuable community services to children, young people and their families in the heart of the community of Holyhead.”  

Education portfolio holder, Councillor Kenneth Hughes, welcomed the superb new facilities.

He said:

“As an Authority, our aim is to provide excellent educational provision and support for our children and young people to meet their full potential. The provision of education in the Pupil Referral Unit, together with Flying Start child care and other Youth Services at the new centre will help us achieve this.”



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