There are a range of family support services available at your local Children's Centre, helping to ease the many stresses and challenges of family life. Through fun and relaxed groups and activities we support parents to build on existing parenting skills and raise awareness of their children's needs and development. We also have opportunities to get advice and share concerns with Family Support Workers and other parents.
We can support you with:
Benefits and welfare rights
Returning to work
Children with additional needs
Signposting to other support agencies: further education, housing issues, counselling.
To speak to a family support worker contact your local Children's Centre.
Further family support can be found using the links below:
Healthy Start Vouchers
Healthy Start is there to help you give your family the very best start in life.
If you are pregnant or have a child less than four years of age, you could get Healthy Start vouchers. The vouchers are valid for milk, fresh fruit and vegetables and infant formula. In order for you to qualify you have to be a minimum of ten weeks pregnant and your family should be receiving at least one of the following:
Income Support or Income - based Job Seeker's Allowance
Income - related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit).
In order to claim, you will need to complete the application form that is enclosed in the leaflet. Once this has been received, Healthy Start will check that they have got all the information they need and if everything is there and you qualify, they will let you know within two weeks.
Healthy Start helpline number 0845 607 6823 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Tax Credits helpline number 0845 300 3900 (8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 4.00 pm Saturday)
Please click here to visit the Healthy Start website.