Parents and carers are invited to help share their thoughts on a new model of ‘one stop shop’ style support for families across the borough.
A survey, launching 5 July, will ask residents to help set the vision for Family Hubs in Wirral communities.
Family Hubs will be spaces where families can easily access a wide range of non-judgemental support to help them live well in Wirral. They will provide support for a range of topics covering social care, education, mental health and physical health.
With education settings, community, voluntary and faith sector organisations already involved, members of the public are also being asked to share their invaluable insights into the project.
A successful bid for funding from the Department for Education’s Family Hub Transformation Fund awarded last year is enabling Wirral Council and partners to develop Family Hubs across Wirral, each offering the same core services, with extra support tailored to the needs of the local communities they serve.
The survey, which follows on from a series of residents’ workshops which took place earlier this year, will be another opportunity for people to voice their ideas of what a family hub should look like, feel like and most importantly, how they can support real people and real communities.
Councillor Sue Powell-Wilde, Chair of Children, Young People and Education Committee for Wirral Council, said: “We know that parents and carers of young people are busy people, so not everybody will have the time to attend one of our face-to-face workshops.
“The survey will allow those who have been unable to attend in person, a chance to share their ideas and still have their voices heard.
“If you’re interested in shaping the future of family support in your community, please take a few minutes and tell us what you think.”
There will be a number of Family Hubs across the borough, with each Hub having a core offer and support to meet the needs of the local community it serves.
The Hubs will serve families with children aged 0-19 (up to age 25 with SEND) prioritising ease of access, building connections and strengthening relationships. Family Hubs will also provide information and support to adults in those families, whether that may be for women’s health issues, or advice on lifelong learning and employment.
The survey will run from 5 July to 1 August 2023.
You can access the survey here: https://www.haveyoursay.wirral.gov.uk/family-hubs
If you would like further information, a paper copy of the survey, documents in another format or you would like telephone support to complete the survey, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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