Exploring BCP’s Family Hubs: Liz and Nikki’s Experience

Published on 6 June, 2024

Liz and Nikki visited several Family Hubs across Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole this week. Here’s a glimpse into their experience and the vibrant community spirit they discovered.

These vibrant Family Hubs are designed to serve families and young people from birth up to 19 years old—and up to 25 years old for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)—offering a unique blend of support, services, and engagement opportunities that cater to the diverse needs of local families.

A Warm Welcome at Every Hub

From the moment you walk through the doors of a Family Hub, you are greeted with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The staff are friendly and approachable, ready to assist and guide visitors through the various services available. Whether you’re a new parent seeking advice on childcare, a teenager looking for a safe space, or a caregiver in need of support for a child with special needs, the Family Hub is a place where everyone feels included and valued.

Regular workshops, parenting classes, and community events foster a sense of belonging and provide valuable learning experiences. Sessions allow families to connect with professionals such as health visitors and midwives, ensuring that every family member has access to the resources and support they need.

Comprehensive Services for Families

Family Hubs offer an impressive range of services, including:

  • Specialist early help navigators
  • A range of parenting programs
  • Activities for children under 5
  • Health services such as midwife and health visitors’ clinics.
  • Information, advice, and guidance, including signposting to local childcare, debt advice, and community activities.
  • Family support from early help family support teams.
  • Domestic violence support.
  • Foodbank vouchers and support with accessing food.
  • Breastfeeding pump loans.

Connecting the Community

Family Hubs are more than just service providers; they bring together different groups and individuals, fostering a sense of unity and collective responsibility. The hubs create opportunities for families to connect, build friendships, and support one another, ensuring that the right help is offered at the right time.

The hubs want to collaborate with local organisations, schools, and charities, creating a network of resources and support. This ensures families have access to a wide range of services and opportunities and enhances community well-being.

For more information, visit Family hubs, early help and outreach centres information online.

A Place for Organisations and Volunteers

If you’re an organisation that supports families or an individual looking to make a difference in people’s lives, the Family Hub could be the place for you. By partnering with the hubs, you’ll contribute to the well-being and development of local families and make a positive impact on communities. Please contact CAN via familyhubs@can100.org