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St Mary's Episcopal Church, Auchingramont Road, 
Hamilton. ML3 6JT. 

Registered as a Scottish Charity
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Funding

The centre is currently supported financially by The Robertson Trust, The Scottish Episcopal Church, fees and voluntary donations.

Registered Charity in Scotland as St Mary's Family Support Project No. SC032852
HAMILTON CHILD CONTACT CENTRE
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Parents going through a tough divorce or separation can find it too difficult to see each other, so children need a safe, welcoming place to spend time with their non-resident parent.

Child contact centres can play an essential role in helping children affected by family breakdown to maintain relationships with the parent they no longer live with, or with other family members.

The purpose of a child contact centre is to offer a safe, friendly, neutral, child-centred environment for children to meet their non-resident parent or family member. They are designed to be a stepping stone to a more permanent arrangement for future contact.
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How do I refer?

Initial applications for a place at the Centre should be made by enquiry to our Contact Centre Manager.
The Contact Centre charge a referral fee to help with the overall costs of keeping the Centre open.

Referral Form
What types of Contact are there?

Supervised Contact

St Marys Family Support Project and Family Mediation South Lanarkshire are working together to provide a supervised contact service to support families.  Supervised contact sessions involve a number of our staff spending a significant amount of time preparing for the contact sessions, supervising the contact and preparing the relevant documents following each session. This time is reflected in the associated charges for the supervised contact service. Further information on charges is available by contacting us directly.

Supported Contact

Supported contact is provided in two ways, in-centre or out-with the centre, and this is agreed at the referral stage. 
1) Supported in-centre contact is facilitated by contact centre workers who will support children and their non-resident parent to meet in a homely environment and spend time together at the centre. 
2) Supported handover contact is when the non-resident parent takes the children out of the centre for an agreed period of time.  The contact centre workers manage the handover of the children from one parent to the other during these sessions.   

Should parents not want to meet with each other at the contact centre, then arrangements can be made to facilitate this.

A record of attendance is kept.  An attendance report can be provided on request (fees associated).
Volunteering

The centre is supported by the Contact Centre Manager and 14 volunteers from the community. Policies and Training are directed by Relationships Scotland.  We are currently working towards a Volunteer Friendly Award. We welcome enquiries from interested individuals who would like to volunteer with us.
Hamilton Child Contact Centre, St. Mary's Family Support Project, Tel: 07931 135157, Email: contactcentrestmarys@gmail.com
Contact Centre Opening Hours: Saturday 10.00am to 4.30pm
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