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Halton F​amily Hubs

We're working with partners in Halton to develop family hubs across the borough by March 2025.
This work is being funded by the Department for Education from the government’s Family Hubs Transformation Fund.

What are family hubs?

Family hubs support children and young people from birth until they reach the age of 19 (or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities). They bring council, health and community services together so that families can access the right support at the right time.

Our family hubs will provide a mix of physical and virtual spaces, as well as outreach, where families can easily access non-judgmental support for the challenges they may be facing.

Services that are planned to be delivered from family hubs include:

  • midwifery appointments, health checks, weaning and nutrition advice, early years play education and sensory development
  • intensive support to reduce family problems that result in family breakdown, working with the child and family to make positive changes
  • family help and support for children with disabilities or additional needs
  • practical support around finance and housing
  • youth support services, including youth justice
  • mental health support for children, young people, families and new parents

Where to find our family hubs

Family hubs are not necessarily about creating new buildings but focus on bringing services together and changing the way family help and support is delivered locally. In practice, this will be a mix of using existing children’s centres and other community spaces.

Timescales for our family hubs

Between now and March 2025, all children’s centres in Halton will become family hubs.

You can read about recent launch events here:

Kingsway Family Hub in Widnes was launched on 19 July 2023.

Runcorn Family Hubs were launched on 25 October 2023

We are also developing our online family hub offer to give families access to information and services 24/7.​

What’s on at family hubs?

There are lots of great free activities and events held at family hubs:

Download Hub Timetables »

New for 2024 – Baby showers – for mums, dads, parents, grandparents – relaxed drop-in sessions to get practical information, advice and support for the different stages of a baby’s development from our trusted and experienced staff including nurses and midwives. Download Leaflet

Where can I find more information on local services to support families?

Please contact your local children’s centre or our family information service.

You can find more information about our ‘start for life’ local offer here and more information on Family Hubs in Halton will be published here as the work develops.