£2 million centre opens to boost Life Chances

24 September 2018
The Junction, Leytonstone, opened 21 September.

Waltham Forest residents will be able to boost their skills, health and earning potential thanks to the opening of The Junction in Cathall Road, Leytonstone, on Friday 21 September.

Waltham Forest Council has spent £2 million providing state of the art classrooms for Adult Learning Services as well as refurbishing the Children and Family Centre facilities on the site.

Officially opening The Junction, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Councillor Clare Coghill said:  “The Council is committed to improving the life chances of our residents from cradle to grave and centres such as The Junction do just that, offering educational and skills-based courses to help their careers as well as support for families.

“I’m also delighted to announce that we will be extending the contract for The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity  to run Children and Family Services here for a further two years to make sure our residents get the help they need.

“The world of work is changing rapidly, with residents facing increasingly complex career choices, and facing greater job insecurity. Given this level of uncertainty we are determined to invest in services that will give a helping hand to residents when it’s needed.

“Residents will be able to access a broad range of exciting training courses designed to help them back into work or get a better job. Courses include English, mathematics, employability, Business administration, as well as arts and crafts. There are also several courses aimed at specific careers including hair and beauty, health and social care and Apprenticeships. “

Resident Marcia Scarlett, of Walthamstow, said: “I have completed computing and customer service courses through Adult Learning Services and have used the Children and Family Services.

“Through their help I have gained qualification, confidence independence and a local job as a carer. I am also now helping support new volunteers at a charity so I know how much a centre like this can help people.”

The Children and Family Centre will provide a wide range of support and activities for babies and young children aged between 0 to 4 years old, encouraging their learning and development through play.

The Junction will also provide art and creative skills classes providing a boost to our Borough of Culture activities as London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019.

Waltham Forest Council has matched money from the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners programme, which provided a £72,422 grant, to equip the classrooms giving residents learning a new skill a head start by offering them the opportunity to experience the latest software and hardware many employers also use.

The new centre will also be hosting the Harrow Green Community Library offering a broad range of reading materials and also host reading clubs and other exciting activities throughout the year.

Our partners in NELFT will be delivering health clinics, and the centre will offer programmes supporting healthy eating, dental hygiene and speech and language provision. The Early Help team will also be located at the Junction providing more targeted support to vulnerable families.

Residents can find out more about Adult Learning Services courses from www.adultlearning.co.uk and about The Leytonstone Children and Family Centre on 020 8496 2960.