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New money to fund children's services in Charlbury

Charlbury is among the latest Oxfordshire places to get funding to keep its local Children's Centre running.

The county council has given a one-off grant of nearly £13,000 to help volunteers run things like stay and play groups.

Financial pressures at the authority mean it has stopped full time funding for many children's centres around the county.

The council is continuing to award grants for local groups to deliver universal services for 0-5 year-olds, such as ‘stay-and-play’, with a total of 32 now having benefitted from its Transition Fund.

More than £180,000 still remains to be awarded from the initial £1m funding pot, and to broaden the scope of the scheme, applications can also now be made by groups based at locations other than former children’s centres.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities Mark Gray said: “We now have community-run children’s services being put in place at locations right across the county, and these innovative and sustainable schemes continue to come forward.

“This clearly shows the huge strength of our local communities and their desire to ensure highly valued open access services can continue. In many cases what parents are seeing when they come into these centres is little different from when they were fully funded by the council, and that’s also testament to the commitment and hard work of local people.”

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