Following are some comments that clients have left for us.
I have found the centre to be a big help in reintroducing contact between
my son and his father. I have found members of staff to be really helpful
and friendly. I have also felt comfortable leaving my son with his father
in the centre while I deal with my issue of trust, and awkwardness between
us and would recommend it to other parents experiencing similar difficulties.
This contact centre is ok!! In the sense that most people along with the
staff at the centre are very friendly. However I do see the centre as
a false environment and can restrict you because of the lack of space.
I would rather be taking my child out in a normal environment e.g. my
house, my family's home etc and just doing everyday things. It's a feeling
of being restricted by the mothers, the system, and the law; you are not
allowed to do anything except wait, wait patiently for decisions to be
made for you.
“You say you do not have a magic wand, but you have helped me a
great deal" (Family dispute)
I have been involved in court disputes for the last 4/5 years. This mediation
service finally offers the opportunity that I and my child's father can
achieve some mutually agreed and beneficial contact arrangement and communication
channels with the guidance and experience of the mediator present. I cannot
overstate the value and importance of this to the quality of life and
health of all involved, particularly my daughter. It is a crucial stage
in the journey from court dispute to mediation, it involves some forgiveness
some healing and very clear thinking and decision making and experience
hands in these matters which I sense are very important at SLFC. I urge
you to support this very valuable work by continuing to fund them.