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Rushcliffe to get Family Hub as 17 are planned for Nottinghamshire

Every district in Nottinghamshire is to get a new family support centre, according to plans which will be discussed by the county council next week.

A total of 17 locations are being proposed across Nottinghamshire county.

Family hubs are designed to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for help with social care, education, mental health or physical health.

They offer support through pregnancy, early years, childhood and adulthood up to 19, or 25 for people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Existing children’s centres may be converted into the centre for each ‘network’, with other virtual and physical access points such as Job Centres, Citizens Advice and health centres.

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However, the final locations are still to be confirmed.

Existing services for under-fives would still continue in children’s centres.

The proposed locations are:

Ashfield North (Sutton in Ashfield)
Ashfield Central (Kirkby in Ashfield)
Ashfield South (targeting Butlers Hill and Broomhill)
Retford
Worksop (targeting Manton)
Bassetlaw Rural (including Harworth, Bircotes and Carlton in Lindrick)
Broxtowe North (Eastwood)
Broxtowe South (Chilwell)
Gedling North (targeting Killisick)
Gedling South (targeting Netherfield)
Mansfield South East (targeting Oaktree, Ravensdale and Bellamy)
Mansfield West (Tichfield & Oakham/Ladybrook)
Mansfield North (targeting Mansfield Woodhouse)
Newark (targeting Hawtonville)
Sherwood
Ollerton and Boughton
Rushcliffe (targeting Cotgrave)
The Retford site was the first to open in April 2023. Initial work has begun on those in Newark and Sutton-in-Ashfield, and they aim to be open by April 2024.

The rest have a target launch date of April 2025.

Residents have until December 3 to participate in a consultation on the proposed changes.

The hub plan is part of the Conservative government’s manifesto, which planned to roll them out as a replacement for Sure Start children’s centres, which were introduced under the Labour government.

The Government announced 75 local authorities selected to receive funding through the £301.75m Family Hubs and Start for Life programme.

The county council missed out on government funding for Family Hubs, and will instead by asking partners to make any necessary contributions.

Nottingham City Council was successful, and is planning its own series of hubs.

A report on the county-wide plans notes: “Successful delivery of Family Hubs will improve a range of outcomes for children and families including emotional health and wellbeing, healthy pregnancy, reducing parental conflict, speech, and language to name but a few.”

Notts County Council cabinet will be asked to discuss and support the ongoing work at a meeting on Thursday, November 9.

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