During the current health crisis we are delighted that the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub has still been operational providing services to families who live in Lower North Belfast.

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 we currently have more than 60 services that are able to support your family.

The Family Support Hub can help your family during this difficult time whether it is dealing with the challenging behaviour of children, stress/depression, debt, food poverty or social isolation of children or families.

Over the past few months members have continued to support families through telephone calls, emails or Zoom meetings until we can get back to a safe way of working on a one-one basis. Since this is such an unusual time for all our families we have also tried to look at alternative ways to help families. We have been fortunate during this time to be able to support families with electronic devices provided by the Belfast Harbour Commission and also many families were supported with fabulous art packs by our Hub colleagues in New Lodge Arts as well as families being provided with donated garden toys for children.

This is undoubtedly a challenging time for families but help is out there for you to access so should you wish to avail of support please contact Edith McManus on 02890 749986/07396374764 or by email edith.mcmanus@ashtoncentre.com

You can find out further information about the Lower North Belfast Family Support Hub by visiting: https://www.ashtoncentre.com/services/childcare-family-support/family-support-hub/