About Us

We are based in Southampton and are an accredited member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres. It is staffed by volunteers and aims to provide a safe, friendly and impartial environment within which supported contact can take place between children and parents or family members no longer living together.

Session Times are between 10:00 and 12:00 every other Saturday morning and are at Shirley Baptist Church, Southampton, SO15 5LG, which is just off Shirley high street.

For information contact Kirsty and Chris using the form below or leave a message on 023 8034 7515. The office is open on Thursdays 10am – 12.30pm. Appointments are available at other times – please contact us to arrange a suitable date & time.

Help change lives – volunteer

Volunteering with New Dawn

We are often in need of additional volunteers, which although it’s not something you will get paid for, the benefits are actually greater than the money itself. Seeing a child run into the arms of a parent is an emotionally uplifting experience that can never be matched by money or fame

What qualities do I need?

Volunteers need to be impartial, caring, tolerant, sensitive, flexible, discreet and reliable. They must always put children’s needs first and not take sides with either parent or any other adults involved in the contact.

All volunteers will need to have a DBS check undertaken, which the centre will arrange.


How much time will I need to give?

The Centre is open 10am – 12 noon every other Saturday and volunteers will need to at the centre from 9:30 – 12:30.

Our volunteers are in teams and each team is currently on duty once every four weeks. New volunteers join a team and are given training shortly after they have started working in the Centre. All volunteers receive ongoing support from their team leaders and / or the Co-ordinator.

Contact Us

If you would like further information, or have any other questions then please get in contact with us using the form below, or information provided.

Shirley is well connected on Southampton’s bus networks operated by First and BlueStar. Bus stops can be found next to Sainsbury’s in the Shirley Precinct, in Park Street and on Shirley High Street with a stop called Church Street.

For cyclists, we have two cycle racks next to the Carey Hall and there are more are located in Shirley High Street.

There is a taxi rank in Church Street, opposite the Church and Southampton Central train station is 1.5 miles, with connecting buses to Shirley.


Address: Shirley Baptist Church, Church Street, Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5LG

Tel: 023 8034 7515