Wellingborough residents enjoy Family Hubs Fun Day

10 October 2023

A new ‘one stop shop’ for parents and their children to give young people the very best start in life has been officially launched in Wellingborough. 

The first North Northamptonshire Family Hub opened its doors with a launch event on September 30 at Penrith Drive Children’s Centre, attended by around two hundred local families.

The free event offered lots to do and see, including reading sessions, a smoothie bike, biscuit decorating, cress head making, balloon animals, face painting, an outdoor play area and a visiting paramedic vehicle.

The fun day marked the first of what will eventually be four North Northamptonshire Family Hub networks, all of which will be open by Summer 2025. 

There are wide range of organisations supporting under the Family Hubs umbrella to provide services young people and families can turn to when they need help and support, or just a listening ear.

Family Hubs will provide a wide range of in person activities from stay and play sessions, breastfeeding support, child development clinics, parenting support sessions, services for young people, as well as online support.

“The Family Hub network will use existing children’s centres, libraries, and other venues meaning families have easier access to services near to where they live.

"I was honoured to officially launch our First Family Hub network in Wellingborough. It was great to be a part of the day and see all of the partners and the fantastic services first hand, all working together to support children and families.

"By making it easier for families to access help and advice locally and quickly we hope to be able to support families before situations escalate, ensuring children and families can thrive.”
Cllr Scott Edwards, North Northamptonshire Council Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills
“I’m incredibly proud that our council was one of just 75 local authorities to have received a share of the Government's £302M Family Hub and Start for Life fund.

"The Family Hubs will provide services designed to support families with children up to the age of 19 years old, up to 25 years for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

"This broad range of provision will ensure as many families as possible have the knowledge, skills, and support to best care for their children, as well as enabling them to look after their own health and wellbeing.”
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council