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Family Hubs

Welcome to Sunderland Family Hubs

Sunderland, along with 74 other local authorities have received a share of £300 million investment from the Government to establish a Family Hubs and Start for Life programme.

Family Hubs will:

  • Bring services together to improve access to services
  • Improve the connections between families, professionals, services and providers
  • Put relationships at the heart of family support

At the core of every Family Hub network is a great Start for Life for babies, from conception through to 2 years old. Support is also available to families of children aged up to 19, or to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged up to 25.

Our ambition is to ensure that local families can access the right support, at the right time, in the right place, with the right people. 

We will have five Family Hubs in Sunderland.

Sunderland's Start for Life offer

There is lots of useful information, advice and support available for Sunderland families, but we know how important it is for the information to be clear to understand and easily available to those who need it, so we are taking the following steps:

  • We will continue to update, develop and promote the current Family Hub through My Best Life, our Facebook page or our Instagram Page to ensure families and services have access to the latest news and get updates about what is happening across the Family Hubs
  • We will continue to refresh our printed timetables which are available for families to take away from each hub as well as other key buildings and services in Sunderland  
  • We will be working closely with our wider workforce and partner services to ensure they understand our offer and share with those they work with
  • Our friendly reception team at each hub will also happily provide you with any information you need about services, sessions and more
  • Making sure our offer allows families to better manage challenges and provide their babies with the best possible start in life is important to us. 

Over the coming months, we will be refreshing our 'Sunderland Families Guide booklet' which already includes a range of support for children and families from pregnancy up to the age of 19 (25 with special educational needs and disabilities).  Sunderland families guide - what's on in the Family Hubs booklet 

We will further develop this as well as our online offer that will outline all the programmes, activities and sessions available across all of our Family Hubs including the Start for Life offer. 

How can I get involved?

To drive and support the development of our Family Hubs we will be establishing Parent and Carer Panels, made up of parents with children initially in the start for life period (0-2 years), to co-produce the ways we communicate with other local parents, discuss how services are delivered and how well they work. If this is something you would be interested in learning more please get in touch via volunteering@togetherforchildren.org.uk

 What's on?

Find out what's on at our Family Hub through My Best Life, our Facebook page or our Instagram Page.

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