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(UK) Stoke-on-Trent: Council awarded $4.2M for "Family Hubs"

Feb 9, 2023, Stoke.gov: Stoke-on-Trent Families to Benefit from Local Support in Rollout of Family Hubs https://www.stoke.gov.uk/news/article/1244/stoke-on-trent_families_to_benefit_from_local_support_in_rollout_of_family_hubs

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Families across Stoke-on-Trent will be offered help and support with issues such as infant feeding, mental health and relationship building thanks to Family Hubs being rolled out in the city.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has today (9 February) been named as one of 75 areas which will benefit from £300 million [$362M] investment up to 2025, with new hubs offering support from conception through to age 19, or up to 25 for children with special education needs and disabilities. The council has been awarded over £3.5 million [$4.2M] to deliver this project locally.

Council leader Abi Brown said: “We are delighted that the government have today announced that Stoke-on-Trent is one of the 75 areas to get Family Hub and Start for Life funding. …

With this funding the council will be investing in families and making sure they get the support they need from birth through to adulthood. The support will help with children’s educational attainment, wellbeing and life chances, while also improving wider outcomes such as poor mental health and unemployment. Previously these services could be disjointed and hard to navigate but Family Hubs will act as a ‘one-stop shop’ to offer guidance and advice on a range of circumstances including, infant feeding, mental health support, health visits and parenting classes.

They will also bring together wider wraparound services that can make a huge difference to people who need extra support – such as advice on getting into work, relationship building and stop smoking services….

“The effort to get this funding has been one of partnership and we will deliver it in partnership, making a real difference for children and families. Plans are already underway and more news on the locations of Family Hubs which will be spread across the north, centre and south of the city will be shared shortly, with the first hub to open in the Spring.”

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