St Cuthbert’s Children’s Centre is a phase one centre situated in the south of Blackpool in Lancashire. The town is ranked as the seventh most deprived in the country. The children’s centre has a strong ethos on community development and empowerment. It has 70% of staff who started off as volunteers who were unqualified and have now successfully gone on to complete childcare qualifications in level 3 and five members of staff have completed early years foundation degrees. The nurture environment enables volunteers to learn new skills, gain qualifications and put theory into practice whilst they are working in the centre.