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I recently visited the wonderful place that is Cotton Hall Farm, where the charity Save the Family provides a safe and supportive haven for families in extreme crisis situations. These families have been overwhelmed by circumstances, some I was told, arriving with only the clothes they stand up in. It is not easy to understand how devastating this must be for parents and children, but the staff and volunteers at Cotton Hall Farm protect, inspire and empower people to get their lives back on track.

My visit was initially prompted by a slight misunderstanding. Save the Family have a modern Hall with a stage that is underused and wondered if we might be interested in using it. From the Community Centre's perspective, this is perhaps unlikely, but it did give me a chance to tell the staff about some of the things we do that might appeal to the families that live there.

Living a normal life means being part of a community and taking part in everyday activities. As families recover their balance and grow in confidence, an outing to see a film, popping into the library or joining a toddler group are the everyday things that many of us take for granted. These kind of activities are on hand at the Centre and I do hope that we may provide some of the resources that Save the Family can draw upon. I hope that, in a very small way, Tarvin Community Centre can play a part in creating positive futures for these families.

Like all charities, Save the Family depends on volunteers, both for financial support and practical help. If you would like to know more about this project then do visit their website www.savethefamily.org.uk or contact Clare Thomas on Tel: 01244 333828.

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