THE National Children’s Centre based at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield is changing its name.
Although National Children’s Centre remains the organisation’s legal name, Yorkshire Children’s Centre is the brand name it will be known by from now on.
The charity was set up in 1975 by the late Brian Jackson, a sociologist who cared passionately about the care of children.
It developed a national reputation because the work there was ground-breaking and was adopted across the country.
An example is child-minding, which moved from being a back-street, unregulated activity to the well-regulated and safe environment we have now.
Brian Jackson was also behind the idea of Childline.
Chief executive Simon Cale said: “We wanted to change the name because people know us as a local charity that works primarily for the people of Yorkshire.
“It’s a great new brand that underlines our commitment to helping local children, young people and families.”
The centre continues to be a place where new and different ways to support children, young people and families are successfully tried.
There is a Healthy Start project which provides new mums with vitamins, a Contact Centre for when parents are separating but both need to stay in touch with their children, a mediation service to find amicable ways forward and even a programme that supports the perpetrators of domestic violence to change their behaviour.