TAMESIDE will become one of the first areas in the country to see Family Hubs set up.
The Government has included the borough in a list of 75 areas that will benefit from investment to pioneer the scheme after a successful bid by its council.
Last year, the authority asked the Local Transformation Fund for £997,000 – £830,000 of which will go towards setting the foundations for hubs to operate.
They bring existing family-help services together to improve access and connections with support including help with infant feeding and perinatal mental health, as well as making it easier to access wider services such as smoking cessation and job advice.
Buildings will appear in each of Tameside’s neighbourhoods alongside virtual offers for families with children of all ages, from 0 to 19-years-old or up to 25-years-old for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Since 2017, Tameside’s early help offer has grown significantly and the council says family hubs are a valuable part of its aim to place services within communities to improve delivery and outcomes.
And deputy leader, Councillor Bill Fairfoull – who has responsibility for Children and Families – said: “I’m delighted the Government has announced Tameside is one of the areas that will establish Family Hubs and will be leading the way on this important initiative
“Much work is taking place to put our plans into action and help give our children and families the very best start in life.
“Evidence shows that the first 1,001 days from pregnancy to the age of two are vital for a child’s development and prospects.
“Family Hubs will provide a single access point to services to make a positive difference and ensure that every child has the support available to be able to reach their full potential.”