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(UK) W. Midlands: "Family Hubs"-- 'one-stop shop' for family services

Feb 9, 2023, Free Radio: Families across the West Midlands to get help through 'local hubs'

They'll be rolled out in communities across the region.

Families across the West Midlands will be offered help with infant feeding, mental health and relationship building through "family hubs", being rolled out in communities.

The Government says the £300 million [$362M] programme will benefit 75 areas up to 2025, with hubs offering support from conception through to age 19, or up to 25 for children with special education needs and disabilities.

Family hubs will act as a "one-stop shop" to offer guidance and advice on issues including infant feeding, mental health support, health visits and parenting classes. …

The hubs will be set up in areas including Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Telford.

'All families need help from time to time'

Children, Families and Wellbeing Minister, Claire Coutinho, said: "Having children can be really tough as well as bringing so much joy. All families, from time to time, will need a helping hand.

"Family hubs bring services together helping parents, carers, children and young people to access the support they need more easily.

"Parenting advice ranges from support with breast feeding and mental health to guidance on how to give children a head start on their learning."…

CEO of parenting programme provider Triple P UK and Ireland, Matt Buttery, said: "We are delighted that more sites will receive transformation funding, alongside some excellent trailblazer areas. It is now critical for the hubs to get up and running across the UK as soon as possible, to alleviate the increasing pressures faced by parents and young people.

"The cost-of-living crisis and the aftermath of the pandemic have taken their toll on the mental health of young people and the sooner they can access more support, the better….


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