Ashton has now been leading on the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub for over 5 years. The Family Support Hub provides early intervention services to families and young people requiring support. The Hub brings together organisations that deliver services to children/young people (0-18 years) and their parents/carers. This includes community, statutory and voluntary family support services and at the moment we can call on over 60 different services to support families.

There are many reasons why families are referred to the Family Support Hub – these could include dealing with the challenging behaviour of children, debt, stress/depression, alcohol/drug misuse, social isolation or mentoring or counselling support.

Since the Hub’s inception 1150 referrals have been processed with almost 1200 individual services being chosen by families themselves to support their needs.

During the current health crisis the Family Support Hub has remained fully operational and continues to match services to families. Most of our services are currently operating in a slightly different way due to social distancing restrictions but we are pleased that during this particularly stressful times for families that they can receive support when they most need it.

Should you wish to find about any more information about the Hub or refer your family to the Hub please contact Edith McManus, the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub Co-ordinator at the Ashton Centre on 02890 749986.