Solihull Council has announced that the borough is set to get seven new Family Centers, where children and families can get the support they need.
With £1million in funding from central government, these centers will be established across the borough, so they are accessible to anyone who needs them, along with virtual alternatives that will provide appointments to those who can’t actually get to the hubs.
The quality of life and improved opportunities available to people in the area are some of the key points of the government’s upgrade plan and, while not specifically designed to upgrade Solihull, they will help the board achieve this goal.
Cllr Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Welfare and Public Health, said:
“It’s great that we were able to get this money so that we can invest in our families and our children. Experts agree that the care provided in the first 1,001 days of life has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life. Thanks to our Family Hubs, [we] can provide families and children with the help they need, when they need it close to home. This is fantastic news.
We now need to find suitable sites in the heart of our communities for our Family Hubs and work closely with the other organizations to ensure that our ambitious offer of early support to children and families in Solihull gives them the best possible start in life.
Families, as well as children and young people up to the age of 19 and those with special needs up to the age of 25 will be able to access a wide range of activities under one roof. These include social activities, support for parents, support for people with special educational needs, playgroups and youth clubs. Health appointments, including the option to see midwives, are also available, while centers will be able to provide experts who can help with mental health issues, addictions and debts as well as mental illness. adult education.
Solihull Council has worked with local charities and the National Health Service on this project and, now that funding has been received, the centers are expected to be operational by early 2024.