The Parks Children’s Centre is becoming the first children’s centre in Hull to be rebranded as one of the new Family Hubs, offering even more support to local children and families.
One-stop hubs will offer support from conception through to age 19, or up to 25 for young people with special education needs and disabilities, in local communities.
Hull was granted £3.5m after being selected to receive additional funding from the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Social Care to develop Family Hubs.
Family Hubs will expand what’s on offer in Hull’s children’s centres, and provide help with infant feeding, speech, language and communication, parent /carer and infant relationships, as well as enabling parents and carers to access social activities and peer support and enable young children to make new friends.
Local support workers will help with issues such as emotional health and wellbeing as well as wider support around things such as budgeting, housing, smoking cessation and job advice.
The expanded offer will include support with:
- Becoming a new parent and all the challenges that may bring
- Building loving and responsive relationships with your baby
- Infant feeding
- Speech, language, and communication and play at home
- Social activities such as infant massage and play groups
- Peer support for parents and carers including dads and partners and those families with children who have SEND needs
Hull was one of 14 areas chosen to receive additional money to become a Trailblazer area, which means Hull will be share good practice and approaches with other local authority areas.
Councillor Linda Tock, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “We’re delighted to get the first Family Hub in Hull up and running. Family Hubs will offer key support to children during those vital early years of development and beyond, as well as supporting parents to secure lifelong bonds with their babies.
“Family hubs bring services together all in one place, helping parents, carers, children and young people to access the support they need more easily and helping to give babies the best start in life.
“We worked with families across Hull to develop the offer and we look forward to the launch of more Family Hubs in the city.”
Parks Family Hub will be celebrating this significant change on Wednesday 16 August with a Family Fun Day from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Families are welcome to attend to enjoy lots of free fun activities and to learn more about what Family Hubs can offer.