Charity workers are celebrating the green light for huge improvements to the Yorkshire Children’s Centre.
A three-storey extension to Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield has been given the go-ahead by Kirklees planners.
It will feature a rooftop cafe, play area and sensory garden and more space for support groups to work.
Bosses of the charity, which helps children, families and grandparents, are now urging local firms and philanthropists to help them raise more than £1m needed to fund the build – which they hope to start next year.
A launch event was held last month and chief executive of the charity, Simon Cale, said they’d already received positive signs from two prominent firms.
“I’m really delighted, it’s an excellent scheme and we’re glad it’s got the green light,” he said.
“It will be a nice chill out space for all the weary parents that have been pushing buggies around town.
“But now it’s down to me to find the £1.3m.
“We’re reaching out to businesses in Huddersfield and philanthropists that want to put something back into the community.
“We’re particularly interested in talking to large firms that have been here for a long time.
“We’ve been here for 40 years and we’re not going anywhere.
“We’ve already had some discussions with LV insurance and Syngenta that were positive and I’m hoping to talk to Cummins.
“If a company wants to sponsor a wing that would be fantastic and I’d urge them to get in touch.”
About £411,000 has been promised through grants leaving less than £900,000 to go.
“We’re busier than ever, so it’s great timing that we’ve got the extension plans agreed,” added Mr Cale.
“Our aim is to reach out to more people in the community and support more children and families, and older people.
“We never turn any family away.”
Yorkshire Children’s Centre was set up 40 years ago by the late Brian Jackson as a revolutionary centre for finding solutions to social problems.
It has grown into a large network of practical projects and services.
Along with children the centre, at New North Parade, now helps grandparents with their grandchildren and also runs dads schemes.
It also has a college in Heckmondwike, a befriending service, a dementia scheme, a domestic violence programme and a network of ‘Pass it on’ charity shops.
To find out what schemes are available visit the website www.yorkshirechildrenscentre.org.uk
To talk to the centre about sponsorship email: firstname.lastname@example.org