New support service for families has started

A new Family Support Service offering wide-ranging advice, help and information to Buckinghamshire families has been launched by the County Council.

The new Buckinghamshire Family Support Service offers support, services and activities for local families from a network of 16 new family centres, spread across the county over three locality areas. Importantly, the service also provides more targeted, specially tailored help for families with more complex challenges. Where needed, a lead family worker will create a team of professionals around families experiencing problems such drug and alcohol misuse, money problems, mental health issues, domestic violence, or who may have children with poor school attendance or emerging additional needs.

The Family Support Service aims to help these families to overcome their problems before they get worse and reach crisis point – so that in the longer term they become more self-sufficient and lead happier, healthier lives. Families will be helped directly in their homes or other places where they are comfortable such as libraries or community spaces as well as being able to go to specific sessions at the family centres.

The 16 family centres will also offer a programme of activities for all Buckinghamshire families with children up to the age of 19 (or 25 for children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND).

Family centres are spread across the whole of Buckinghamshire, with three being ‘Family Centre Plus’ sites; Southcourt Family Centre Plus (Aylesbury), Mapledean Family Centre Plus (Wycombe) and Newtown Family Centre Plus (Chesham). These centres will offer drop in advice and support five days a week.

More information plus timetables of activities on at the family centres can be seen online via the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website: www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/familysupport

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