Children's services - Case studies | Oxfordshire County Council

Children's services - Case studies

Examples of communities delivering open access services

Happy Hub, Cholsey

The Happy Hub in Cholsey (pdf format, 763) is the first community-run children’s centre in Oxfordshire. The centre is funded by the Parish Council, as well as through donations and grant funding.

The Happy Hub offers a range of activities and services, including:

  • Stay and play sessions
  • Lunch groups offering nutrition and cooking advice
  • Child minder support sessions
  • Health visitor and midwife sessions
  • Support to other children's groups within the village
  • Information for parents/ carers about the range of family support services and activities available in the area
  • Support and advice on parenting including support at significant transition points for the family (e.g. pre-birth, early days, settling into childcare)
  • Access to specialist, targeted services for those families which need them, e.g. support for parents/ carers of disabled children
  • Activities which increase parents/ carers' understanding of their child's development
  • Specific strategies and activities which increase the involvement of fathers.
  • Money and/or benefits advice
  • Links with Job Centres
  • Support with basic education for parents.


The centre is run by three members of staff: a manager and two assistants. A small number of volunteers support the professional staff in carrying out their work.

For further information about the Happy Hub, you can read their blog or follow them on Facebook @THHCCC (The Happy Hub at Cholsey).

The Berin Centre, Berinsfield

In Berinsfield a number of interested parties and stakeholders in the village have come together to form a Steering Group to find a solution for the continuation of universal children’s services for the residents of Berinsfield and surrounding areas.

The steering group brings together the Church, the Parish Council, OCC Councillor, District Councillor, local residents, Soha, BIVC, OCF and the Employment Action Group, a long standing charity based in Berinsfield. They have been working together to move forward with a plan for Employment Action Group to manage the service in the future.

The Steering Group has been meeting monthly since April 2016 with a Working Group set up to bring a Business Plan together. The Business Plan has gone through many changes and the group are currently working on draft 8! The group say that there are still many unknowns, mainly centred on funding and premises’ leases, but generally they feel confident that they have a realistic and achievable plan going forward.

Plans for the Berin Centre (pdf format, 227Kb)

Further information

If you have any queries that have not been addressed here or in the project document or are interested in starting discussions on future proposals, contact us.

Last reviewed
10 May 2017
PrintPrint Give us feedback on this pageFeedback form, opens in new window.
Access key details Skip to main content Home News Sitemap Search Website help Complaints Terms and conditions Website feedback