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Children's Centre - Bram Longstaffe (Barrow)

The Bram Longstaffe and Walney Children’s Centre team are here to support children aged 0 to 12 years and their families.

Our focus is encouraging development from the earliest possible stage, pre-birth to two years, highlighting to parents this ‘MAGICAL TIME’ when our little ones develop early communication, sensory awareness and forming relationships.  ‘Every child deserves the best start in life’.

At the centre we welcome all who are seeking early help support, offering a variation of services such as, play and learn together sessions, as well as accessing learning opportunities in ‘parenting’; ‘healthy living’; and ‘wellbeing’.  Working in partnership we can also signpost parents to services to help them with debt worries, returning to work, as well as providing family support which enable us to tailor service plans to both families and individual’s needs.

We ensure our centres offer a variety of activities celebrating the many abilities, cultures, backgrounds, experiences, differences, languages and faiths of all our children and families.  Our communities are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone.

The centre is passionate about giving our children the best start possible and our ‘image of the child’ is for them to be SOCIABLE, RESILIENT, SECURE, CREATIVE IMAGINEERS, and CURIOUS EXPLORERS to ensure we all REACH our FULL POTENTIAL. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Heather Simpson
Contact Position
Service Manager
01229 821825

Where to go

Action for Children
Bram Longstaffe Children's Centre
Farm Street
LA14 2RX

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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby?
Are you pregnant and interested in finding out more about breastfeeding your baby?
Are you already breastfeeding and need a little extra help?

Breastfeeding Support Line: 07843 466 379

Action for Children provide breastfeeding groups, individual support, resources and information.  We have some great books and DVDs to borrow too!
For more information see ‘Useful Documents’ on this page.


Ever wanted to get involved with the Children’s Centres to gain experience or share your skills?  Then why not volunteer?  It’s a great way to get involved with your local Children’s Centre, meet people and learn new skills.

It’s easy to apply, there’s a volunteer induction to help you prepare for becoming a volunteer and with an Action for Children certificate for each session – so good to add to your CV too!  On-going training (including access to staff training) and out-of-pocket expenses are provided, plus supervision and support to ensure your volunteering is going well.

There are varied volunteering roles – something for everyone!  Whatever your goal there’s a role to help you gain relevant experience.  These include: Family Learning, Family Support, Breastfeeding Supporter, Health and Well-being, Play to Learn Team, Administrative Support Team, Trainee Counsellors, Resilience Services.

Volunteering is a great stepping stone to work or training and Action for Children can provide work experience, student placements and apprenticeships too.  We have between 5 and 10 volunteers of all ages in each centre and we have volunteer meetings and events.

Want more information or to find the right volunteer role for you?  Then please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator – Vicky Peake on: 01229 471 655 / 

Local Offer


Short Breaks-  groups in school holidays for children aged 0-4 and 5-8, to ensure that family life is enhanced by enabling family members to spend time together whilst their child is cared for in a safe and stimulating environment, providing rest and recuperation for parents and carers.   Playmax - a service offered in the soft play and sensory area at the leisure centre where children with disabilities and additional needs will develop fine and gross motor skills and will have the opportunity to socialise and develop their communication skills through a variety of activities including Bookstart and Makaton sing and sign. Parents and carers have the opportunity to socialise and share experiences, reducing isolation, as well as accessing advice and support from CC workers.   All of Us - a service run by parent volunteers at the Greengate centre to meet together with their children in a safe and stimulating environment, to share experiences and reduce isolation.

Contact Name
Heather Simpson
Contact Telephone
01229 471 655
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Last updated: 13/11/2019
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