History2018-02-27T16:25:25+00:00

Our History

2016
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2016

VVe secured two large grants from the Lottery and Children in Need. The funding provided us the opportunity to develop the Horizon’s Project

2015
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2015

Due to the broad array of services we provided the Trustees re-branded the Charity. The new name ‘Families First Bedfordshire’ supports our whole family ethos

2014
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2014

After 28 years service, Kate Martinow (Centre Director) retired. She started her involvement as a vol­unteer and was the entrepreneur behind our successes

2012
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2012

VVe secured funding to build a new extension to our premises. It provided us with a large community room, offices and a reception area

2010
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2010

VVe had been open for 25 years which was a huge milestone for the Charity. VVe also achieved our PQASSO accreditation to confirm our quality of service

2008
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2008

The Nursery and it’s garden had a facelift during 2008. The building was extended to provide additional classrooms due to the demand in the area for childcare

2007
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2007

Mandy Conlon, the Specialist Services Manager was invited to Downing Street to meet Tony Blair to talk about our charity and the services we provide

2004
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2004

The Charity became one of the Lead Agencies for Bedford’s first Sure Start Children’s Centre programme. A service we are still delivering to this day

2002
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2002-2003

The centre opened it’s first support group for women who had experienced domestic abuse. The following year Smarteez Neighbourhod Nursery was opened

1998
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1998

After a Lot of searching the charity moved from the Scout Hut to 30 Meadway. Teens and Tot’s opened, the first group in Bedford to support teenage parents

1993
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1993

The centre was at risk of closing due to Losing core funding. A protest march to County Hall by the staff, children & parents to deliver a signed petition saved the day!

1991
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1991

Due to the success of the Play Group and Drop-In the committee re­-branded the Charity as “Goldington Family Support Centre” and started offering counselling

1990
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1990

The committee of the Goldington Drop-In agreed to open a new playgroup at the Scout Hut. It opened in April 1990.

1987
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1987

After the Playgroup closed the drop in continued under the new name “Goldington Drop-In”.

1985
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1985

The Bunyan Playgroup moved to the Scout Hut on Church Lane but unfortunately went bankrupt in 1987

1982
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1984

The ‘Bunyan Playgroup’ in
Goldington opened it’s first Parent
Drop-In, 2 mornings a week, after identifying a need for the families accessing their childcare provision