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Fresh Futures: A New Chapter in Transforming Lives for the Yorkshire Children’s Centre

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, one of Huddersfield’s most prominent charities, originally founded by visionary educationalist Brian Jackson, has not only undergone a major rebrand but has also adopted an entirely new name. The Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC), located at Brian Jackson House on New North Parade in Huddersfield town centre, is now officially known as Fresh Futures.

Established in 1974, Fresh Futures has supported families in the community for half a century. With 110 dedicated employees and 250 volunteers, Fresh Futures focuses on four key areas – education, health and wellbeing, employability, and fostering healthy relationships.

The Brian Jackson colleges in Huddersfield and Heckmondwike now provide education for up to 80 young people aged 13-16 who face social, emotional, and mental health difficulties. These individuals may have been permanently excluded or are at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools.

Fresh Futures also works with the most disadvantaged individuals in Kirklees, supporting them into training or employment. The charity’s commitment to promoting healthy relationships is evident through its child contact centres, where it supports parents, grandparents, or other family members navigating situations where they no longer live with their children or family relationships have broken down.

As part of the Thriving Kirklees initiative, Fresh Futures collaborates with various organisations to provide a diverse range of services. This includes programmes like Safety in the Home and Safety Rangers for school children. The charity also extends its support to families in need through health, nutrition, and wellbeing services.

Chief Executive Mark Farmer said: “We are celebrating our 50th birthday year by rebranding and becoming Fresh Futures.

“We are changing our name to one that represents our vision to enable children, young people and their families to have opportunities for a better life, both now and in the future.

When we were established 50 years ago our vision was simple to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Kirklees. Over recent years our remit has diversified and we provide many more services.

From our work with young people at our alternative education provision through to our work with perpetrators of domestic abuse, our services are more holistic today than ever before.

For this reason, today we are re-branding to become Fresh Futures.”

Mark added: “Be assured that all of our services will continue to be delivered at our usual high standards and we will continue to deliver the same projects and provide the same support.”

Visit Fresh Futures refreshed website at www.freshfutures.org.uk.

For inquiries, Fresh Futures can be contacted at contactus@freshfutures.org.uk.

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