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Family hubs opening in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL is opening five Family Hub centres between now and 2025, providing centralised support for all families across the city.   

The hubs will be based within the city’s existing network of Children’s Centres, with services for families with babies, children and young people up till the age of 19 (or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities).

At the heart of each Family Hub will be services that help give babies a great start to life, supporting parents through parenting classes, learning support, midwifery, health visiting, infant feeding advice and perinatal mental health support.

Over £4 million has been secured from the Government for the initiative, which will see a range of different organisations coming together in one place offering health, education and community provision.

It means that a family will only have to explain what they need help with once, rather than having to tell many different people, and professionals will work together more effectively to help residents overcome any difficulties they may be facing. The aim is to make services easier to navigate and more joined-up, ensuring families receive the right service at the right time.

Hubs will help families to access a range of help, including support for their physical and mental health, housing and debt advice, youth services, domestic abuse support, as well as services run by the community and voluntary sector. In addition, there will be an enhanced digital offer of online services. Families will be able to access a range of information about infant feeding, parenting support, home learning and a variety of public health services for 0-19 year olds, hosted on Liverpool’s Family Information and SEND Directory.

At the heart of each Family Hub will be services that help give babies a great start to life, supporting parents through parenting classes, midwifery, health visiting, infant feeding advice and perinatal mental health support.

The first Family Hub network will launch later this summer, located at Clubmoor and Ellergreen Children’s Centre and serving the following wards: Norris Green, Clubmoor East, Clubmoor West, Fazakerley North, Fazakerley West, Fazakerley East, Croxteth, Croxteth Country Park, West Derby Muirhead, West Derby Deysbrook, West Derby Leyfield, Sandfield Park, Knotty Ash and Dovecot Park, Old Swan East, Old Swan West, Stoneycroft, Tuebrook Breckside Park and Tuebrook Larkhill. 

Tuebrook, West Derby and Yew Tree Children’s Centre and Fazakerley, Croxteth, Stoneycroft and Knotty Ash Children’s Centres will be key connector sites within the Family Hub network.   

Children’s Centres across the city will continue to offer services and families can access them in the usual way.

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