Welcome to the Eastleigh Child Contact Centre
Eastleigh Child Contact Centre (ECCC), which is located in Hampshire, is a place for children to meet with parents or other relatives they no longer live with, or see, after relationship breakdown.
Adult relationships can remain difficult after parents separate. Yet the majority of children want, and need, to maintain a relationship with parents and other relatives who are important to them. Not all separated parents find it easy to achieve this. Trust may have broken down. Communication may have become difficult. If so, it may seem almost impossible to make arrangements for a child to spend quality time with the parent or relative they no longer live with. This is where we can help.
What is Eastleigh Child Contact Centre?
Our centre first opened in 2003. We have supported over 275 families. Today there are about 350 centres in the UK, ECCC is accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) (www.naccc.org.uk).
We are independent of any other organisation, and though the venue for our sessions are within the church, we are not part of that church. We welcome families of any faith or none, from all communities. Our sessions are run by experienced volunteers, led and supported by the part time co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinator of the Centre. We operate as a charity and the trustees raise money through grants, contracts and referral fees to keep the service going.
We aim to provide a safe, child centred, neutral, and comfortable place for children to see their non-resident parents or family. We are impartial, we do not take sides, nor do we offer counselling or mediation. The part we play is to put into practice agreements that have been made elsewhere, e.g. in family mediation, via solicitors, or the Family Courts. Where both parents are willing to attend, we can also accept self referrals.
Feedback from recent Parent Questionnaires:
‘A place to have a little quality time with my child’
‘It has provided a safe environment for my son to meet with his father’
‘Helped me to build a relationship with my daughter and I even began talking to her mother, which is excellent’
‘It’s been good because I don’t have to see dad – you really make sure’ (a mum)
‘It’s a fantastic service and has been sincerely appreciated’
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